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So we all need encouragement and here is the place for that. Every week I will write a new blog with quotes, scriptures, sayings and really anything that can encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy and be blessed! 

One Word: Failure. June 18

Every few months, my husband and I stop some of our ministry responsibilities and take a refreshing hiatus with God. We dedicate 21-days to prayer and it was a wonderful time of intercession and seeing God move! Thank God for his direction and guidance. But I'm “back now” and I feel like I have a word to share for this blog post.

One word: Failure. 

So my total running count is 27. Throughout my years as a professional author, I have traveled to 27 bookstores, libraries, author events and literary fairs up and down Florida. (Side note: I appreciate any and everyone who supports me financially...the gas prices alone is stressful on 3+ hour commutes to events! Support me on Patreon.com plug!)

The total running count of "failures?" 8. That means....there have been a total of 8 signings or author events that had absolutely no sales. zero. It makes it ALL worthwhile...the advertising, the prayer before each events, the traveling, the preparation, the waking up early....for $00.00.

I remember my first "failure." I got back from a book signing with my tail between my legs and carrying all my books back home with me. I was emotionally defeated for a week! I was distraught, discouraged and downright frustrated. And I had to drag myself out of my pity-party...on the verge of throwing in the towel on my writing career!

Failure sucks.

Fast forward to today....and just recently...on one of my events I made zero sales. But I no longer see it as a failure. I no longer define these moments by that term. Because anything and everything can happen in a signing! Just being around the community is a blessing! People can fill out my prayer request cards so I can pray for them. I can give out freebies and verse cards and scripture. I can talk about my love of the Savior. And though people may not buy anything that day...I can make connections that can last a lifetime.

I would ask you to re-write your definition of Failure. Find the greater purpose. You just standing right now is proof enough that you have not been conquered. And you can keep going. Don't let what used to defeat you in the past slow you down from being a blessing now.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

 

Pep Talk. May 20 

 So I’ve been dealing with a lot of highly frustrating things all back to back. I felt like I had the anti-Midas touch? Instead of turning to gold...everything I touched was getting worse! Several trips to the mechanic. Countless calls to IT repairs. And what's worse is I had a night terror where I woke up screaming and knocking things down thinking I was under attack! (That never happens!)

So I realized that this coincidence was no coincidence and I fell utterly exhausted at the foot of Jesus during my prayer time!

And God very gently reminded me of all that I have faced in the past. All the stressful points in my life, I have overcome it by His help and that I can get through this difficult time now.

I am very good at encouraging others, so God instructed asked me...if you saw someone in your position, what would you tell them? Give yourself your own advice. Follow your own pep talk.

So I wanted to give you the same pep talk I gave myself! Say it with me:

"Look how far YOU've come! What you are dealing with right now is only temporary and though it seems stressful right now...in the long scheme of things…it is light and little in comparison to the long run. Do not list what is going wrong. Instead, make a list of what is going right. Be grateful for what you do have and everything that is working in your favor. Be appreciative of the people who are still with you. God is helping to quench the small fires that keep coming up. But I wash this situation with a fresh anointing! I want to wake up blessed and go to bed blessed. I want to live out each day with a bright smile on my face. I want to not be stressed by all of this....but to relax knowing that it's going to be okay...because God is helping and God is on our side and He is going to take care of this. I am to trust Him. I am a champion over my problems and I will get past this to the other side of peace. "

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. i would love to pray for you.

 

Breaking through Barriers. May 14

I was recently working at ESPN and it was a chaotic scene! Cheerleading competitions had taken over the Arenas! Thousands poured in to view the athletic girls shouting, flipping and performing stunts on hard mats.

The ESPN facility had prepared for the mass amount of people by setting up barriers and plastic walls to direct "foot traffic" at the facility and to make sure nobody goes into the VIP sections so that coaches and players have their own personal spaces to warm up, etc.

Since I worked at the facility that day, the blockages didn't pertain to me. I would remove a wall and nobody said a word. They just looked at my Red ESPN worker uniform and nametag and knew I had access to any part of the facility because of what I wore and my work credentials. 

The "rules" and "signs" didn't apply to me.

I wasn't part of the competition though I worked at the competition.

I thought about what we wear as Christians.

I want to talk about the barriers that hold us back.

I want to remind you that what happens to others doesn't necessarily has to happen to you.

Let me explain.

Some people have to accept closed doors. But not Christians:

Isaiah 22:22 says "When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them."

While others have to stand down due to obstacles in their path, Christians get to move their mountains: “Truly I  tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." -  Mark 11:23

Because we are covered with the blood of Jesus, we have:

- authority

- healing

- deliverance

- forgiveness

- a new life

- hope

- peace

- content 

- a new mind

And when others are trapped  in their depressed life, we have the life that leads to life! "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.: -  Psalm 16:11

So don't let anything get in your way! . You are God's son and daughter after all. You have access to the ways of Heaven...the keys to the Kingdom...and the assistance of angelic armies. No wall will keep you. No jail will imprison you. No weapon will destroy you. You just keep walking in freedom without restraint or hindrance.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know! I would love to pray for you!

 

I have candy at home. May 6

So for Easter, Travis showered me with gifts and yes, an easter basket filled to the top with candy!! Fun dip! Kit-kats. jellybeans. Chocolate. Every good and rich and pleasant treats were in that basket!! Of course, I couldn't finish it all and I still have extra that I am slowing finishing.

So Travis and I go to 5Below and golly!...don't they have SO much amazing pieces of candy!! They have dark chocolate Kit-Kats! They have ice cream flavored jellybeans and spicy Skittles!! My eyes went wide!  All for $0.99 !!! Travis could tell I was about to grab an entire isle of candy and he gently asked "Do you want to buy some candy today?"

I look at him and immediately my mind went to ALL the candy he just bought me days ago....the money and time he took to purchase for me...the gifts he gave me...the blessing still left at the house....

My excitement calmed down and I began to think rationally. Why do I need this candy? I have candy at home.

I want to speak to those people who may think that something else looks better than what they currently have. For those people who are tempted to grab at something because it's the shiny new penny.....but let's lead with a content heart. Let's have an appreciative attitude. Let's shower our attention on those people and those blessings  still with us. Let's not leave the good we have at home for something or someone else we think may be better.

To clarify my point....I'm not tempted with other guys. I have my true love at home. I'm not willing to give up my career status for a temporary pleasure that can ruin me or my reputation. I'm not looking around anyone else's "candy." You can keep it.

I have candy at home.

I don't care if yours looks better....is better wrapped or more unique with various flavors and imported chocolate... My lover at home can come in a plain wrapper and is still better than your gold-wrapped-nothing.

Keep your loyalty at home.

You have candy at home.

Enjoy it the good you have and never compromise. 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

 

In the Zone. April 29

So I went out running around mu neighborhood... but I couldn't quite focus. My pants had shrunk in the wash so I looked a little silly. Other people were out in the neighborhood walking their dogs or biking with their families. I was insecure about sharing the sidewalk and what I must look like with my baggy running pants and neon pink headphones and beet red face from the 90degree heat. There was a family of older men sitting outside their front lawn  and I tried to keep staring straight ahead as I passed, but instead found myself wondering.... why there were there.... and what they were saying.... and did they notice my shrunken baggy pants?

Suddenly, on my ipod the song "Lose Yourself" by Eminem came on and I was entranced by the words. I was caught up in the lyrics. And I found myself lost in the zone. My legs were almost moving on their own. I was just paying attention to my feet hitting the pavement. I didn't even notice the men on the lawn. And I raced past the family walking...I had found my focus and enjoyed the thrill of the run again.

Do you ever feel that way? That there are so many insecure thoughts going on that you forget why you are doing something. And you lose the purpose. And you really don't care about what you are doing as long as you don't look silly doing it. I have to check myself as I can  care more about the opinion of man than I do my own personal ambition.

I just wanted to encourage you to stay IN THE ZONE. Don't worry about what others are doing around you. Don't pay attention to the obstacles in front of you. Don't put emphasis on the little things that really don't matter in the long run. You just concentrate. Stay focused on the task at hand. Find your inner beat. And run your race to the fullest!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

 

On and off the stage April 23

 I was reading an autobiography about a celebrity I greatly admire. And unfortunately, I learned a lot about that person that I was greatly distressed over. I thought this person held a certain amount of morality and goodness to be applauded only to read with disappointment and a lack of respect over her words and her life. She seemed to have no remorse - and almost bragged to others to follow her wrong choices and actions. 

I felt very convicted about the topic of being the same person you portray on the screen.

I want to be the exact same person on and off the pages. I want to be known as the person who walks out what I talk about.

It's upsetting to see inauthenticity.

I want to pray for us as a people...that we will walk upright, that we will talk with holiness and that we will continue to let our lights shine on and off stage:

Lord, forgive us for abusing our influence. People around us are watching us closely! We are making an impact whether we realize it or not. We can choose to make a negative impression and make matters worse...or we can choose to be a light and watch our words and decide to be a blessing.

I pray God that you will open our eyes and make us realize how precious our decisions are! Let us be aware that our actions don't just impact us...but everyone around us!

Let us appreciate the spotlight but never take dissolve our integrity and  our right standing with you. God, keep us accountable for walking with you as closely as we can! Let this be our ultimate goal: to get closer to you and to bring others around us closer to you as well.

Thank you Lord for convicting us of our actions or words that are not of you and that upset you. Help us to be an example to others on and off the stage.

I pray for myself...that I will be a woman of God who can withstand life's daily grind still praising you and still believing in you. I don't want anyone to read my autobiography disappointed! Keep me in the palm of your right hand and keep me authentic in what I do and what I say. I pray God that you will be proud of me and that I can be used to bring others closer to your heartbeat. 

I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

See the bigger picture. April 16

So I do look at my Author sales and rank on Amazon. I'll admit it. And it's a terrible habit!! Because as every author knows, there can be a stretch of time when sales are low and ranks are down and all you see is RED indicating no one's buying and thus, no one's interested.

And so that's where I found myself...staring at the numbers and getting into a pity party over my lack of sales when I heard God whisper to me, "You're looking at it too closely."

I heard this and suddenly I relaxed.

It didn't matter what I was seeing right this moment.

Look at the bigger picture. Look at the long-term vision. Look at the possibilities for the future.

Sometimes when we look at something too closely, we forget the purpose and God's plan because we think the numbers should be changing, the people should be different, the situation should be better, the promotion should get here, the job should be delivered, the prayer should be answered.... And we get troubled by the RED...the negatives, the discontentment, the agony of the present.

I would encourage you to step back. Remember ALL the steps that you had to take to get you to where you are right now. It took a lifetime to get you here...enjoy it!

Write down all the positives in your life and focus on the miracle of the moment...because before you know it...you'll be miles ahead of where you are now...and its wasteful to think that things in your life won't change when you know for a fact things will.

Let's be happy  where we are on the path to where we want to be.

If there is anything you need prayer for, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

God in the little things April 9

So I just wanted to encourage you today that God is in the midst of all that you are dealing with!

If you are stressed out at the mechanic because of how much the car repairs are going to cost, know that God will provide for you! :

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8

If you are stressed because your children are misbehaving, falling into the wrong crowd or walking on the wrong path of life and you are feeling helpless, know that God is in the midst of your home. And He will turn things around for your children:

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." - Proverbs 22:15

If you are stressed over your marriage that seems to be coming apart at the seams, and you can't seem to understand why your spouse is so distant and you feel like your efforts are useless, God can revive your marriage and restore love and unity in your household:

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." 

If you have a big assignment at work and you can't seem to  sleep because the burden work is weighing on you, invite God to come in and help you. Give him your worries and let him give you peace:

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John 14: 27

There are so many things throughout the day that can stress us out! Work obligations. Mental anxiety. Physical sickness. Let us give our personal and unique stresses to the Lord today and ask Him to help us. Find a promise in the Bible that you can hang on to and pray over that can confirm your trust in God even in the midst of your stress.

I can almost hear God say that you believe He parted the waters, sent manna from the sky and fire from Heaven....surely he'll be at the mechanic with you. Have faith he'll work things out for you. And invite him in. Don't try to figure it all out on your own. He's here to help, restore and fix! 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Circle of Trust. April 2

Greg Focker : We're starting our own circle of trust. And guess what. [points to both of them]You're not in it.

Jack Byrnes : You can't start a circle of trust. It's my circle.

Greg Focker : You know what, you don't have a patent on the circle, Jack. And by the way, you're not even in your own circle right now.

Jack Byrnes : That is untrue! I say who's in or out of the circle!

(Movie: Meet the Fockers) 

I was talking to my brother Joel and we were having a discussion about who we let into our lives and we have a precise  say in who is in our "circle of trust." And we were discussing whose still on our side and whose not.

I would encourage you: If the relationship/friendship/relative :

no longer believes in your dreams

does not have your back

does not believe you/believes in you

emotionally damages you/distrubs your peace

causes stress (whether mental or emotional)

causes you to doubt yourself

is not communicative

never apologizes

cusses at you

belittles your value

hits you physically

takes no responsibility for their own mess

puts a strain on you financially

Then...let them go! I PROMISE you can do better! You do not need someone like that in your life. And you can give me a million reasons why they need to stay in your life. But do a little evaluation. If they are more of a liability and less of an asset, then why are still with you?

Let me ask you: who are you trusting? Who are you believing? Who are you letting in to your "circle of trust"? If they are not contributing to your success, holding your hand, a cheerleader on the sidelines or a coach in your game... If they are critiquing your faults, betting against you and slandering your name to the crowds.... then they are outside of the circle. And leave them there. Focus on those who are still with you. Even if just a handful of people...if they are for you and want to be with you and help you on your journey...quality out beats quantity every time!

You have my permission to be free from those who sink you down. It's about time you starting forming your own "circle of trust"!

If you have any prayer requests, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Sweet spot. March 26

 So I work at Walt DIsney World and I work outside. Now there is one position outside where there is no umbrella and you are exposed to the weather elements. And I was the "lucky" person that day in that one position when a huge rainstorm hit! I'm talking sideways rain...flooding...and heavy wind! And even though I have a poncho on, I am just miserable taking such a beating from the rain!

I look over and see a dry patch under a tree and quickly stand under the shade of the massive tree trunk for relief. And as other guests are running from the storm, I was so grateful for this one sweet spot that was just keeping the chaotic mess of the weather from affecting me.

And it was in the moment of dripping wet that I had an epiphany: If you are a believer and follow Jesus Christ, you also have a "sweet spot" from the storms of life.

It says in Psalm 18:1-3 "I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety."

I wanted to encourage you that if you are going through a difficult time, go to the Lord in prayer. Spend time in the Word. Find solace under His protection and love. It will help! The winds will lessen; you will be safe from the storm (either raging inside you or the one taking place around you!). Let God be the One you run to. And though you will see others off in the distance being swept up by life's storms and affected by the terrors of the night...you will be under the shadow of the Almighty and you will not be affected.

God knows the outside elements. He knows what will keep you safe. He knows what to do to make sure you are protected. And he will be there for you. He will show up for you. And he will make things better for you. He can silence the storm. Stay in that sweet spot. Stay with the Lord and seek His wisdom and His protection. So when life's chaotic mess comes (and it will come!), you won't have to just stand there and get beaten down!...but you can seek shelter from heaven...you can allow God's promises to reign in your spirit and you can stand above all that water that is trying to drown you!

"Only God can talk about stillness in the midst of an earthquake." - Graham Cooke

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."- Matthew 7:25 - 27

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Personal Happiness. March 19

 I work at The Golf Channel and I was watching an interview with Rory McIlroy who fell 6th on the Arnold Palmer Invitational. And his words to the reporter really struck me:

"Each tournament is a building block to the next as I am continuing on the path I want to be on."

And this last part of the interview really convicted me: "Even if I don't get to where I want to be, at least I am working hard on the path I want to be on."

A superstar like McIlroy feels he's not where he wants to be in life!? And feels like he may not get to his dream-destination? He must be a down-to-earth kind of man because anybody pursuing a big dream feels that exact same way. What if I don't make it? Will I still be happy just...doing...this? 

I got in the car driving home after work and I was listening to a T.D. Jakes sermon "Stir up the gifts" and he was saying that "you could be dreaming further than your reality. Your dream could go past your lifetime. Like David with his son, Solomon, your kids could finish your dream."

Think about what personal happiness means to you:

1. Are you only aiming at completing a dream?

2. Are you happy just doing what you love?

3. Are you like McIlroy and no matter the outcome, you are just blessed to be traveling the path you are on?

Let's just stay in the moment. Don't get too caught up on your "win's" and "losses" and just stay current on celebrating even the most mundane of victories. In the moment, you are here. And you can do a lot while you are here!!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Finish your race. March 11

So I just wanted to encourage you today that you don't have to have it all together. You may feel  emotionally exhausted, mentally drained  and physically worn out. But just finish your race.

There will be other people ahead of you and you may feel discouraged. There are people running behind you that you have "passed" along the way. But it actually doesn't matter. You are not in competition with the other racers; you are trying to beat your own personal "time." And it's a mental challenge to stay in the race. Just finish.

Yes, you will have doubts in your mind the whole time you are running. You will have self-doubt, personal frustrations, envy of others' talent and you may see people finishing their races while you are desperately trying to finish yours. Don't get in your own head or in your own way. Just finish your race.

You may think you can't run one more step. This is too long...I'm too tired...and you question why you are even running in the first place?! You started off so enthusiastic, so empowered only to lose your energy half-way through. And the sound of people cheering in the beginning now is replaced with the quiet noise of your thoughts of despair...is this race even worth it? Why am I even doing this? I can quit now and no one would care. And everything is fighting you to stop and give up. But throughout it all, finish your race.

Run for that one little child in the stands who is watching and wondering if they too can finish their race.

Run for yourself, to prove that you do have what it takes and you can get to the finish line.

Run for your enemies who are betting on your loss.

Run for your coaches and teammates who are depending on you to keep running

Run for your cheering fans who you are inspiring

Run. And finish your race.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

"Think through your drink." March 5

 So I normally don't watch the CBS show, MOM, but I had the TV on while I was cleaning the house and a scene really stuck out to me. One of the recovering alcoholic characters (new to AA) confessed her vulnerability to drinking to Bonnie (Allison Janney). And Bonnie encourages her to "think through her drink." She explains what will happen after that first sip:  "You'll drink. You'll get drunk. You'll get into a car accident. You'll lose your license. You can't drive to work. You'll lose your job. The government will come and take your child away. Is that what you want? Or do you want to say no to drinking and keep the life you have?"

This scene affected me because I don't always think through consequences and sometimes I allow what I want in the moment to overtake the reality of the consequence.

So I would encourage you to think "through your drink." Or when it comes to anything else:

"If you date that guy or girl that you know is all wrong for you, you might get married. But you may have a loveless relationship. And you will have a child because you think that will help fix the relationship. But over time that guy or girl you should have never married will leave you and your child behind. And you'll get in a big divorce. And your child will suffer and your finances will suffer. Is this what you want? Or do you want wait and marry the man or woman whose right for you and not go through that? "

"If you accept that job just because it pays more...you may get a good paycheck in the beginning. And you may appreciate the money in the bank. But soon the stress will pile up. And exhaustion, frustration and resentment will kick in. And you'll hate your job and thus you'll hate life. And your friendships and relationships will suffer. And your emotional breakdown will cause an physical reaction and you may end up in the hospital. Is that what you want? Or do you want to wait and find a job you love?"

"If you feel like going to church is a waste of time, you will be able to get sleep on the weekends. And you will feel like you are getting more done at the house or in the office. But there will be a time when difficult times occur. And you won't feel adequate to pray. And you won't have a fellowship to pray with you; you're only consolation is your co-workers who give little sympathy to your situation. And you give in to believing that the world is bad and that you can do whatever you want with little consequence. And though you have faith in Jesus, you don't have any endurance to continue believing in anything else. And just a sway of bad news can tip you over the edge and you replace God with money, with fame, with recognition, with power, with work, with drinking. And though you will have what you want, it's nothing you need. And no matter what you do, you'll feel empty inside. Because you missed the point of living. Is this what you want? Or do you want to work on your relationship with God a little each day so that you can be strong to withstand anything life throws your way?"

If there is anything you need prayer over, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

I know what it's like. Feb. 25

"I know what it's like"

 

I know what it's like to feel alone,

you're feeling the weight of life's issues

I know what it's like to feel like a disheartened- clone

when others want you to celebrate their great news

 

But inside you are dying - - 

because you haven't arrived at your promised land yet

and while others are soaring and high flying

you're the one losing on life's personal bet.

 

I know what it's like to cry myself to sleep.

I know what it's like to to throw in the towel and quit

To believe that your Dream is too far of a leap

and that your life is stuck in a sinking pit.

 

I know what it's like when the dreams you planted die.

When people unashamedly leave your life

and you abandoned your excitement with a quick good-bye

And you rip up your goals and hopes with a knife.

 

On those moments and in that time,

I need you to remember one thing.

Though right now things don't look sublime 

And you are overlooked as others are crowned king

 

Please, stand strong. Have faith. Hold on tight.

I need you to remember that after the storm is a rainbow

That after midnight... will be the bright sunlight

And I believe prayer will cause the goodness of God to flow!

 

 

Remember the positives... family and friends

Take care of yourself during this time of heartbreak

Because, I promise you...this is not the end!

God is going to move favorably, for your sake!

 

So though I know what it's like to wallow in despair

I also know what its like to keep going through it all

Step outside. Breathe in deep. Get some air.

You are going to be just fine....just call - -

 

Call on the Father who loves you!

Depend on the Savior who is always positive!

Reach out to those who sit by you in the church pew

Because I know God will use you in your life's narrative.

 

I know what it's like to fight.

I even made a poem so I could encourage you...tonight.

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

A prayer for you and for me. Feb. 19

I know I have been quiet and haven't sent out blog posts these past weeks.

 

Every so often, Travis and I take a 21-day hiatus with the Lord where we take time away for deep intercession and an open heart to receive God's instruction and directions.

 

During that time, I am "being fed" and refreshed in the Spirit and in the Word. But because that time is so precious, I write no weekly emails or weekly blog posts.

 

During that time, I felt very convicted. I am guilty of being "too busy"...a Martha Spirit where I am too work-driven and at times, I don't appreciate just the joys of sitting at the feet of Jesus:

 

The Bible Story of Mary and Martha comes from Chapter 10 of the Gospel of Luke. Mary and Martha, who are sisters, open their home to Jesus as he travels with his disciples. As Martha hurries to ensure the preparations, Mary simply sits at the feet of Jesus and listens to the wisdom of Christ. Martha then says to Jesus, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" Jesus replies, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

 

So I want to do nothing else in this text but pray. Pray for you. Pray for me that we will just SIT and BE with the lover of our souls.

 

God, I invite you into this chaotic mess we've made! We've put other things first when we should be trusting you. We listen to our fears, our concerns, our anxieties when we should be receiving your peace, your love, your joy and your contentment. Help us in this, Lord. We are so ever-moving and ever-focused on the next assignment that we fail to realize that you are waiting for us to stop and spend time with you.

 

I am sorry that we are not making you a priority. I repent of thinking I need to get things done, of trying to complete my goals, of being too career-focused when my joy and my completeness revolves around dropping it all (all the balls I juggle in the air) and realizing what's most important. You, God, are what's most important and I need you more than anything else in this world.

 

I pray God that we will stop "feeding" others and be "fed" ourselves - let us focus on growing in our faith and maturing in you. I pray God that we will see and experience a different side of you. I want to see your heartbeat. I want to see your smile when I first wake up in the mornings. Like a good Daddy, I want to look at you when something goes right and when something goes wrong. I want to invite you into more of my life! I want this to be a partnership. I want to be able to listen to you and quickly obey. I don't ever want the distractions and busyness of life to get into the way of my relationship with you.

 

Thank you God for your understanding. Thank you God for your constant love and grace. Thank you God for being near us as we connect with you. Thank you God for teaching us how to have uninterrupted time with you every day where we can just sit at your feet, listen to you, talk to you and enjoy your company. Without you, I wouldn't be here. Let me open up this time to say, "Be my everything, Lord. With you, I have it all!"

 

I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ! 

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

The Dread of Discouragement . Jan. 28

The Dread of Discouragement

By John Maxwell

 

Discouragement hurts our self-image

 

Discouragement causes us to see ourselves as less than we really are

 

Discouragement causes us to evade our responsibilities

 

Discouragement causes us to blame others for our predicament

 

Discouragement comes when we:

1. Feel that opportunity for success is gone

- The test of your character is seeing what it takes to stop you

 

2. Become selfish

- usually people who are discouraged are thinking mainly about one thing - themselves

 

3. Are not immediately successful in our attempts to do something

- We do not conquer through brilliance. We conquer through continuing.

 

4. Lack purpose and a plan

-When you are discouraged, you tend to withdraw. Many times discouragement comes right after a successful venture.

 

You may be totally discouraged, thinking there is little you can do to overcome those feelings of frustration and inadequacy.

 

But here are a few steps you can take:

1. Positive action

- Nothing delivers us from discouragement quicker than taking positive steps to solve the problem

 

2. Positive thinking

 

3. Positive example

 

4. Positive Persistence

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

A Code of Persistence. Jan. 21

 A Code of Persistence:

 

I will not give up so long as I know I am right.

 

I will believe that all things will work out for me if I hang on until the end.

 

I will be courageous and undismayed in the face of odds.

 

I will not permit anyone to intimidate me or deter me from my goals.

 

I will fight to overcome all physical handicaps and setbacks I will try again and again and yet again to accomplish what I desire.

 

I will take new faith and resolution from the knowledge that all successful men and women have had to fight defeat and adversity.

 

I will never surrender to discouragement or despair no matter what seeming obstacles may confront me.

 

- Taken from the book: "How to turn your failure into Success"

By: Harold Sherman

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!