Category: Devotionals

Freedom to choose Freedom to be all God created you to be

Freedom to choose Freedom to be all God created you to be!

The beginning or anniversary of an event may be a celebration of something which occurred years and years ago. Here in the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. We recognize this day as a day of the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.

Have you ever given much thought to how people live in other countries that are less fortunate than we are. A place where you are not allowed to express yourself. Talk about religion, politics, or even make decisions for yourself and your family. It’s nauseating to believe that such freedoms as we have are such a blessing that other parts of the world don’t experience, or even have a clue what life is like other than how life exists for them as it may.

We as individuals are free to make decisions for ourselves every single day without any interference or through any government intervention. We can choose what schools we go to, where we are going to raise a family, what career path we may decide to pursue and so much more. Now there are still laws in place, so we make decisions based upon not going down the wrong path in life, bringing harm to others, destroying property, and allowing any other evilness into our lives. Pretty much life as summed up in the law of the Prophets.

Treat others as we would want to be treated. Do good and good will come back to you. If you want to be trusted than you must earn it. Nothing in life is free. But we are free to make choices about the life and lifestyles in this little corner of the world we live in. Personally, I love the idea of being able to choose the freedom in which we stand for. I can choose where my wife and I live. I get to choose what I do for a living; my wife and I get to choose what Church we will attend.

My friend, do you have the “Believer’s freedom”

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV)

 

 

What about you? What do you choose? Let us celebrate the freedom we have and the choices we have made, the sacrifices of others so we can celebrate “Freedom”.

 

Let us pray, O Heavenly Father, thank you for this very day and everyday of life you have blessed us so dearly with to have the freedom to make our own choices. Let us remember those who have fought for our freedom. And let us not take for granted anything that would bring harm to anyone. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen…

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Becoming Accountable

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For each one should carry their own load Galatians 6:5 (NIV)

 

Being accountable is more than just taking responsibility for our actions. Accountability is the results we attain for ourselves.

There are many health programs to lose those extra pounds, to gain strength, and to fast. We join them to be accountable. But who are we really accountable to? In biblical times you would fast as an act of worship to God. Today you lose weight to feel better about yourself and appear to others as a healthy individual.

We set goals for ourselves too. Following yet another initiative to be victorious so we accomplish the desired outcome. The goals may be financial, career, relationship goals or anything that you want to achieve, prosper, and flourish which brings you joy.

Anything you do to improve yourself is wonderful and should be celebrated. This brings great joy to God. For he wants us to flourish using all the gifts he has already given to you.

 “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4

Recently I was working with my writing coach to help me be more accountable and use the talents God has bestowed upon me. We discussed my goals and what I wanted to achieve. How I would like my writing career to look like. Kate gave me very similar advice of what a realtor would say “location, location, location” only Kate’s words were “write, write, write some more.”

However, there is still more, it also means to be more consistent in everything you do. If you try being on a diet for a day or two, what do you suppose the results would be? This is why we must be consistent with anything we are trying to attain. Don’t give up or give in. Keep pressing forward, Paul had told the Philippians, he keeps telling the good news until Christ comes again. Paul’s mission was to spread the gospel. John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus, the “Messiah”, Jesus’s purpose was to save us and prepare us for eternal life. What is your purpose?

I hope after you read these words, you’ll take a moment to reflect upon who you are, what do you aspire to? Journaling is a great way to reflect on who we are and to align our values with our desires. Knowing who you are and what is of importance to you is the beginning of all greatness.

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Listen before we respond!                                           Speak kindness and compassion to all people

Listen before we respond! Speak kindness and compassion to all people

Listen before we respond! Be tenderhearted and speak to all people with kindness and compassion.

Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

Proverbs 15:23 (NLT)

Once spoken you can’t take it back. Have you ever heard “you can’t put the bubbles back in the bottle”? I don’t know who coined this statement, but it’s so fitting and means you can’t take back something you have already said.

If we’re not careful the results may be devasting. Relations ruined, feelings hurt, business deals lost, and on and on. Why do we speak with such harsh and hurtful words.

The truth is if we would only think before we speak. Listen before we respond. Pray when we know we are going to be having that difficult discussion.

Why do we seem to be drawn to negative responses?

How do you approach a difficult conversation to avoid confrontations?

In what ways can you make a daily ritual to say the right thing to someone?

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Change of Seasons

This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Exodus 12:2

I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26

Change of Seasons with hope and joy, and may the peace of the Lord bless you and make you fruitful.

It may be winter where you live, though Spring is near, you open the windows for some fresh air. You hear the birds becoming livelier and the robins are becoming more prevalent. And you feel the warmth of the sun on your face.

There are other seasons we encounter too. We recall a change of seasons. A time of growth, hope for better days ahead, and this time of year is no different. We see it every year, yet after a long cold winter, we’re refreshed with everything new.

A chance to start something new, something great, something better for yourself. Embarking this new season of warmer temps, sunshine, fresh air we can breathe, exercise, rekindle with neighbors. And as we begin this new journey, we visit every Spring; it is always like seeing it for the first time. So, whenever a new season appears to have you shaken, remember the robins who reappear every Spring with hope and joy for everything new.

Describe how your perfect season looks.

You have the courage to change which each season. Reflect upon your values and journal your thoughts.

Happy Valentines Day

Love is the greatest gift.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind (v)4

Love never fails (v)8

Faith, Hope, and Love, and the greatest of these is love (v)13

Jesus came into this world and shown love for all. Many asked why He was with those sinners.  Jesus loved unconditionally. He listened to them, He healed them, and He ate with them. He spent time with them. Yes Time!  

Love is something to be celebrated, every day. Sometimes in the busy world we live in we forget. We mean well, but in truth, time escapes us. While there’s nothing wrong with taking care of all the many tasks and responsibilities both at home and work, it can simply lead down the path of busyness, feeling overwhelmed, and exhaustion.

Experts say to make time every day for self-care, we should also prioritize time with those we love every single day. Calling someone and asking how their day is. Asking your spouse about their day, include them. Same with your children, have you taken an interest in what they are learning, who their friends are.

Take the family out to dinner. Afterwards go for a walk with your spouse. Meet your parents for lunch this week. Go to the movies with your kids this weekend. Time you spend with others shows how deeply loved and important someone means when you are with them.

Most of all, be grateful for those who love you and those you love.

Lord, thank you for the greatest gift, love. We know we love because you first loved us. I am reminded when I notice someone who is alone, how grateful I am to be loved and to share love. Let others see your love through me, in Jesus name, Amen…

Journaling thoughts:

How do you love others?

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Insights to Journaling

  • Reflection Opportunity to get your thoughts onto paper
  • Clarity Greater insight to ambiguous thoughts
  • Inspiration Helps achieve a better perspective of yourself
  • Accountability Accepting responsibility and taking action
  • Stress reducer Letting go so you can focus on priorities

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Christmas Blessings

Christmas Blessings

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

Isaiah’s prophecies came to life just at the right time.

God is with us. Yes, indeed He is! Isaiah knew steadfast faith. God revealed Himself to him. He has before and still does today. However, how many people have the same faith as Isaiah did? Why the uncertainty? The only explanation I have is that we don’t really listen. Sure, we go to church, listen to the sermon, maybe read a few Bible verses throughout the week, and try to live in a way God approves of. At least this is what we think. Am I right?  Maybe we imagine what God might say if we were truly present to hear Him. Is the lack of being truly present because we might not like what He has to say? 

We’re instructed to fear the Lord: with love and respect. It’s not fearing He will harm us, rather it’s having such love and respect that we long to please Him and be in His presence. God loves us and wants the best for us. Usually better than we can imagine. In His time! 

I listened to Joel Osteen the other day, and he said something that really got me thinking. Years ago, Joel went through something that was unfair, unjust, and left him wondering, ‘Why me?’ I’m sure you can relate: “Why me?” right?! Well, 16 years later he encountered another situation; yes, 16 years. This time Joel went to battle prepared, not anxious for anything, and succeeded. This was the time Lakewood purchased the Compaq Center. He knows now that the incident he went through 16 years ago was to prepare him for when it mattered.

Are you prepared for when the Lord gives you a sign?

This Christmas season I encourage you – invite you – to spend some time with God.

THANK HIM. Thank God for His love, His guidance, protecting you, comforting you, the people He has placed in your life. Everything God has blessed you with. Just thank Him. Many people may endure life as one catastrophe after another. Stop that negative thinking right now! Be excited for what God has planned for you. Look for opportunities to help others with the gifts bestowed upon you. Your cup overfloweth. 

Remember the following:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Don’t fret or you’ll regret! Adore the time you have this Christmas with your family and friends and the opportunity to be with God. Tell Him how much you love Him and that you want to know Him better.

Capture your thoughts in a journal, read a devotional, read the Bible!

And have a Merry Christmas!

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Peace Hope Joy Love

Rejoice in our confident hope, be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Romans 12:12 (NLV)

My favorite passage in the entire Bible is Romans 12! Paul teaches us how to live a righteous life to the fullest. The Psalmist also says to wait patiently upon the Lord. We know this to be certain when we hope and wait patiently upon the Lord, knowing He will direct our paths, be our refuge and strength, our source of love and comfort. For only God is our source from where everything comes from and goes. He is the Alpha and the Omega.

When you live an obedient life, you’ll experience His Peace transcending through you to live in harmony with Him. This is my hope, and my hope for you.

Be still and know that I am God. The one with whom all blessings flow.

What is your hope?

How does your life illuminate peace?

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BECOMING ANCHORED

Perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:4 (NIV)

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In Romans 5, it is further stated that through our sorrows brings perseverance. Paul had mentioned in Philippians how he pressed on and moved forward. Life goes on, as they say. And so, it does!

Do everything to bring Glory to God. For through our sorrows, we hope to be of help to others who are going through the same circumstances we have. All through the Bible, it speaks of how one person went through difficult times and of those who sought hope in the Lord who then brought them through their trials.

Job lost everything he owned, everyone he loved.

Joseph was scared what folks would think when Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was crucified for our sins.

How does your perseverance reveal your character and where your hope lies?

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Does your desires align with your purpose

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Searching for your purpose can be overwhelming and terrifying. You might ask, “What if my desires don’t come to light?”

Well let me tell you this, my friend. God cares more about what’s in your heart. So, think of it like this. Do your desires align with God’s purpose for you? How do you know for sure? What do you enjoy doing more than anything?

Get to know God better, through prayer, scripture, and meditation. Seek Him with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)

Know what pleases God and what God detests.

Do your desires please God or yourself?

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