Thursday, January 11, 2018

Stop Trying....

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:9, NIV)

A lot of times, we have our own ideas about how things should work out in life. 

But God's ways are not our ways. 

In Scripture, God brought water out of a rock. Jesus told Peter to go catch a fish, open its mouth, and there was the money he needed for taxes. 

Another time, God caused a young lady named Mary to have a baby without knowing a man. 

He is God. 

He can use things we would expect, or He can make things happen another way.

With God, you don't have to figure everything out. 

All you have to do is BELIEVE!

In fact, it says in Proverbs, "Lean not to your own understanding." 

Sometimes there is no logical solution. 

You've got to turn your mind off. 

If you're constantly trying to figure it out, that's just going to make you discouraged, depressed and frustrated. 

Just because you don't see a way doesn't mean that God doesn't have a way.

Remember, His ways are higher, and He is working behind the scenes for your good!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, I declare that my faith and trust are in You. I won't try to figure everything out, but I will be still and listen for Your voice. I surrender my will to Yours. Thank You for Your faithfulness in my life in Jesus' name. 
Amen!"

From Today's Word...

Stay STRONG!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Stick With It

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
(Jeremiah 29:11)

The Scripture tells us that without vision, people perish. 

If you don't have a dream or vision for your life, then you're not really going to reach your fullest potential. 

Maybe at one time you had a dream, but you went through some disappointments or setbacks. 

Things didn't turn out the way you planned. 

But here's a key: when one dream dies, dream another dream. 

Just because it didn't work out the way you had it planned doesn't mean that God doesn't have another plan.

You cannot allow one disappointment or even a series of disappointments to convince you that your dream is over. 

It's time to dig your heels in and hold on to the promises in your heart. 

Stir up those God-given dreams today and watch Him pour out His favor and blessing upon you and fulfill every desire in your heart!

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, I come humbly to You. I give You my past, my disappointments, my brokenness. Fill me with Your hope and expectation and give me the dreams and desires that You have in store for my life in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

Stay STRONG!

From Today's Word

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trust the Timing!!

My times are in your hands…"
   
    (Psalm 31:15, NIV)

In life, oftentimes we are waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come to pass, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a problem to turn around. 

When things aren't happening as fast as we would like, it's easy to get frustrated. 

But you have to realize that the moment you prayed, God established a set time to bring the promise to pass.

God has a set time for your opportunity. 

There is a set time for that problem to turn around, a set time for your healing, your promotion, your breakthrough. 

It may be tomorrow, or next week, or five years from now. 

But when you understand the time has already been set, it takes all the pressure off. 

You won't live worried, wondering when this is ever going to happen! 

You'll relax and enjoy your life knowing that the promise has already been scheduled, and your answer is on the way!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, I choose to trust in Your timing. I trust that You have my best in mind. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for ordering my steps and leading me in the life of blessing You have in store for me in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong and God Bless!!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It is Coming

"For we who have believed do enter that rest…"
(Hebrews 4:3, NKJV)

God promises that there are set times in our future, but He doesn't tell us when they will be. 

Your set time may be tomorrow morning at 9:47. 

You'll get the phone call you've been waiting for. 

Your set time may be two years from now. 

You'll get a good break, and that will thrust you to a new level. 

My question is, 

"Do you trust God enough to believe that your set times are coming?" 

Are you willing to wait with a good attitude? 

Are you willing to get a new perspective?

Remember, that set time is already in your future. 

Don't let the negative thoughts talk you out of it. 

The way you know that you're really believing is that you have rest on the inside. 

You're at peace. You know the answer is on the way. You trust that God is working things out.

Today put your FAITH and TRUST in Him and enter into rest. 

Know that He is good and He is for you! 

Your set time of favor is on the way!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I choose to enter into rest. I choose to trust You, I choose to put my faith and hope in You knowing that You are good and that You have good things in store for my future in Jesus' name! 
Amen."

Monday, November 27, 2017

Don't Quit

"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you."
(Matthew 7:7, NLT)

Sometimes, people get discouraged in life because things didn't turn out the way they hoped on the first try. 

Maybe they put energy into a relationship, but it didn't work out. 

They tried that new business venture, but they are still struggling with their finances. 

Now they think it's never going to happen. 

But one thing we have to learn is that God honors PERSEVERANCE. 

On the way to your "yes" you may encounter many "no's." 

You may encounter many closed doors, but that doesn't mean it's the final answer. 

It just means "keep going."

Remember, if God promised it, He's going to bring it to pass. 

Scripture tells us that through faith and patience we inherit God's promises. 

This is where PATIENCE comes in; this is where PERSEVERANCE comes in. 

This is where TRUST comes in. 

Just because you don't see things happen right away doesn't mean you should quit. 

No, instead, rise up and press forward!!

Keep believing, keep hoping, keep enduring and keep asking because our God is ALWAYS faithful to His word!

A Prayer for Today"

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. I choose today to believe Your Word. I choose to trust Your promises. I choose to keep standing, keep believing and keep asking because I will receive in Jesus' name! Amen!"

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

In All Circumstances

'Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
   (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV)

Are you giving thanks in every circumstance? 

This might seem like a stretch at first, especially when you are going through a season of difficulty. 

But notice today's verse doesn't say to give thanks "for" everything, it says give thanks "in" everything. 

In other words, no matter what's going on, find something to be thankful for. 

Don't just focus on what's wrong in your life; focus on what God will do in your life.

When you are thankful, it opens the door for God to move on your behalf. 

That's why it says "this is God's will for you." 

He wants you to be close to Him to receive His strength and power by giving thanks. 

That's why we should always have the attitude that says, "God, in spite of what's happened, I choose to be grateful." 

"I may be sick, but Father, thank You for being my healer."

"Thank You for giving me great friends and family." 

Or, 

"I may be struggling in my marriage, but God, thank You for being my restorer. Thank You for giving me another sunrise." 

As you give thanks in everything, you will see God's hand move mightily on your behalf, and you'll come out of that difficulty better, stronger and wiser than before.

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, today I choose to give You thanks in all things! I know that You are a good God, and You have good plans in store for my future. I bless You and thank You for another day to sing Your praise in Jesus' name! 
Amen."

Stay Strong and God Bless!!!

From Today's Word 

Friday, November 10, 2017

File it Away....

"Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me."
(Psalm 131:1, NKJV)

When things happen in your life that you don't plan, do you find yourself trying to reason it all out or look for a "file," so to speak, in your mind to put it in? 

What happens when you can't reason it out or make sense of it all?

Here's the answer: 

Every one of us needs to create a file in our thinking called the "I Don't Understand It" file. 

When things come up that don't make sense, things that you can't figure out, instead of getting frustrated or confused, put it in your 
"I Don't Understand It" file and leave it alone. 

If you go through life trying to figure out why something bad happened or why things didn't work out, it will cause you to become bitter and stuck in life. 

Part of trusting God means trusting Him when things don't make sense because we know that His plan is always for good. 

We have to know that He will reveal all things in His time—even if that means in eternity.

Is there something that didn't make sense in 2017 that you know you need to file away? 

Choose to trust God. 

Choose to keep moving forward. 

Know that He loves you, 

He is for you, and He has a great plan for your future!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I surrender my past. I surrender my need to have all the answers, and I choose to trust You. Fill me with Your peace. Fill me with Your grace and compassion as I press forward into the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus' name. 
Amen."