Please pick me attitude

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” ‎And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8

When it comes to being asked to go on a road trip, to a concert or restaurant that is to my liking, I am the first to say, “I’ll go.” When the topic of discussion is dentist visits, heavy manual labor, or talking to strangers, there is a definite pause in my response. Obviously, I put myself first when considering my actions.

The Lord calls us to many different places and scenarios. Some are good and pleasing to us and some will take great effort on our part, or quite frankly, scare us. As long as we are sitting on the boat of “what does this mean for me,” we will not be walking on water with Jesus. We must refocus our mind and soul to God and our response to his call will be quick and confident.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me grow in responding to your call. I trust you and know you have a bigger purpose than I could imagine. Amen

Faith Tip: Is the Lord knocking on the door of your heart to do something, but you haven’t answered yet? Sit at Jesus’ feet for awhile and focus only on him.

 

 

Life’s Delights

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Take delight in the LORD, 
and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

When I see my three nieces, I feel joy. I’m not sure why, but it comes on instantaneously. The girls are so much fun to be with as they share their love of life openly through music, skits, clowning around, and games or perhaps we go out for some special hot chocolate. They are a delight. It’s somewhat like that when I see God, whether it is during a quiet time or when I see his hand at work, I feel joy.

God’s presence shows God’s love. The times we share are wonderful with always an element of surprise. Each day is another opportunity to travel this journey with our best friend, Jesus. With Jesus being our guide, we will be shown new things that we never knew and maybe never thought about. He openly shares his love of life with us. The trip will be an adventure.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for being my guide and giving me joy in the journey. I pray that I will never take for granted the wonderful things you have to show me each day. Amen

Faith Tip: If you are ready for adventure, put on your spiritual seat belt and follow the guide, Jesus.

Feeling Safe by Obeying

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Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23

What images or feelings come to mind when you hear the word “obey”? If you are like many people, there is an instant resistance to be told what to do. This is part of our human nature and goes against what the world tells us in serving ourselves first. Think of the people you had to obey as you were growing up. There were parents, grandparents, babysitters, teachers, policemen, pastors and more. Although there was a tug inside not to obey, there may have been another underlying feeling of safety. Obeying those in authority that you trust gives you security.

Safety in God’s hands means to obey him. Rebelling against the Lord puts us in danger of hurting ourselves or others. There is no better way that we can show God that we love him than by listening and following his instructions. The journey God has us on is perfect as long as we obey.

Prayer: I thank you, Jesus, for the plan you have for my life. Forgive me for the times I have chosen another route. I pray that today I can listen closely to you and follow. Amen

Faith Tip: Make a choice at the beginning of the day that you are going to follow God. When you are tempted to disobey, focus on God to keep you on track.

To be or not to be

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But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:40-42

As I make preparations for the conference I will be attending this week with many lovely ladies of the Lord, I find that my “to do” list isn’t shrinking. As soon as I check one item off, another one is there to replace it. This can be quite maddening as I think about all I have to do to be ready. The list includes proposals to be finished, one sheets written, talks practiced, and writing jobs done. I find that anxiety grows as I focus on what I need to do.

The truth is what I need is to “be.” That is a totally different direction of focus. The focus of Jesus is better. “Being” in Jesus will prepare me more than anything I can do.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the wisdom of your word that gives peace to the anxious heart. I pray that I can keep my focus on you during this day. Amen

Faith Tip: Take your “to do” list and hand it over to Jesus. See what he can do with it as you watch the Master at work. Enjoy his presence today.

He was and is there

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I was there when he set the heavens in place, 
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind. – Proverbs 8:27-31

I look at my desk and wonder how I will get everything done. The piles are getting bigger plus those other calls in life requesting, or maybe demanding, our attention. This fullness in life is more universal than unique. Our focus is on what we need to do rather than who we need to be.

Jesus was there at the beginning of creation and remains active in our lives today. He is a constant. Turning our focus on Jesus doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to the responsibilities we have, but it does mean that we sit in an atmosphere of refreshment rather than being controlled by circumstances. The One who gave the sea its boundary will be able to help us through another day in victory.

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for your constant presence in my life. I pray that circumstances won’t hinder me from the freedom you have planned for this day for me. Walking with you is the key to freedom. Amen

Faith Tip: Stay constantly at God’s side so that you can be filled with delight and rejoice in him, the world, and mankind.

A prophet’s honor

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And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” – Matthew 13:57

Sometimes it’s difficult to live out the anointing of God because people are used to seeing a person a certain way. They may think a person is putting on airs as they explore their gift in front of others. We worry that people may think, “Who do they think they are?”

Jesus modeled for us that it is important to keep on doing what God has called us to do. What if we are not welcome or encouraged in this gift? Jesus knows our pain. People said, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son…now he says he is the son of God.” Emotions ran high at that time, but Jesus continued to be obedient. We also need to keep following God for he knows the way we should go…and he will finish it.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the plan you have made for me. I pray that I am obedient to follow you alone. Amen

Faith Tip: Has God been nudging you to go beyond people’s expectations? Pray about it, and follow wherever God leads you. You will be blessed to be a blessing.

Cleaning the files

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“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 

As I go through files in my office, it’s kind of a trip down memory lane in connection with the projects I have worked on and people the Lord has brought into my life. I’m not crazy about filing, but I do love to reminisce. Unfortunately, along with the great times that have happened in the past, there have also been challenges. These we would just as soon forget. However, we can “forget” or let these experiences have less of a hold on us in forgiving the people involved. If we hold on to the anger and bitterness, we are hurting others but mostly ourselves.

When Jesus died on the cross, there was a big file of bad situations marked Sin. We were and are guilty. Jesus forgave us and suffered for us. If the Lord of the universe can do that for us, there’s no reason we can’t do that for someone else. Free yourself from the bonds of not forgiving. It’s not worth hanging onto any longer. God wants you to trust him and be free.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for forgiving, loving and dying for me. You didn’t have to do it. I pray that I can obey you and forgive others who have hurt me. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there someone the Lord has brought to your mind to forgive? Pray, trust and forgive.