Let’s be honest. Monday’s are hard but I don’t hate them. Monday’s have never done anything to me. They are hard on holidays when everyone, well not everyone, is actually off work. They are hard when I tell myself I’m getting up early to go the gym and my bed doesn’t want to let me go. I don’t blame Monday’s for that. That’s an issue I’m still working on. Pray saints. I love to sleep in but work duty usually calls after the weekend and it’s no surprise year after year Mondays keep showing up, just like every other day of the week. I view Monday’s as my focus days. I must push myself to focus on what’s ahead for the week at the same time look back on how I made it to another Monday. I love it when my Sunday worship prepares me for my Monday worship and the cycle continues. We have to find our fearless every Monday and make a point to take time to reflect on our attitudes about starting a new work week. For me I make adjustments as many times as necessary to choose love over hate. I must choose to stay positive and productive to keep moving along. I need that and others around our workplace and offices do too, especially on Mondays. Join me today and Thank God for Mondays!
It’s another busy week but here I am. Desperate for God to help me live on pitch. My story is the same. Stay in tune with the Master. My agenda for this week is simple.
Monday: Lord keep me day by day. Especially this day.
Tuesday: Lord, be my strength and help me to keep on going, especially today.
Wednesday: Lord thank you for loving me, especially today.
Thursday: Lord, help me trust you in every area of my life, especially today..
Friday: Lord thank you for being there for me always, especially today.
Everyone has a story. So what’s yours? Millions of people watched the Super Bowl game over the weekend. The NFL highlights two of the best teams in their leagues. Interviews begin as the excitement builds. Lights. (there’s so many of them) We eagerly anticipate the big day to sit around the big screens rooting for our favorite players and teams. I listened as the stories began in my house. They were all about football, the calls the referees made, the snacks and good food, the best commercials, the sports commentators, and of course the half-time show. Then it was all over. Our stories ended at the final score and the victorious win. Some of the players continued with their stories of sweet memories, hard work and dedication. My attention was caught by a coach who said these simple words, “all glory to God” and mentioned His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his interview. His story was not I am the best coach and my team just won the Super Bowl, his story gave glory to God. I don’t know his personal story but I thought, now that’s what I call living on pitch! That coach knows what I know, to give God all the glory is how you celebrate a victory and is by far the best part of the believer’s story.
Prayer: Dear Lord, no matter what I accomplish in life, let my story always be about you and for your glory. Amen.
I walked in my office on Monday morning ready for the week. I prayed and I was prepared for my church’s Prayer Marathon week. My conversations with God were strategically planned with targets of prayer. I was excited and War Room ready. Bible? Check. Prayer closet? check. Then it hit me. A mountain of work, a mountain of problems and situations. I couldn’t get it together. My prayers were cut short, my quiet time got loud, A “Lord help” here, and a “thank You Jesus” there was all I could get out at times. I didn’t know how I was going to get over, around or move this mountain of work. That was Monday. By Wednesday I could tell it was going to get even more interesting. It’s now Friday and I still have plenty of work on my desk but I’ve learned to keep prayer as a priority. As the old Hymn says, I must tell Jesus all of my trials. My favorite part is the refrain which says: I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear these burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
When we take everything to God in prayer, He gives us strength to climb, to run, to walk and to endure what is before us. Do you have a mountain that needs to move? Sing unto the Lord. Pray. Keep the faith, and watch God work.
I am looking forward to the weekend. It’s been a busy work week and I need to unwind. Just as I started thinking about where I want to go for my pedicure, I remembered I am supposed to be preparing for a marathon!!! Marathons require planning on the part of the participant. You have to first sign up to enter the race then find the right training action plan for you. I’ve only been in one 5k race and I think I did ok. I would have done a lot better had I prepared and trained a little more for it. Do you know how to spiritually prepare for a marathon? This Christian journey is a race. It’s not a quick jog or sprint to the heavenly gates once you accept Christ. This joyful journey is a marathon of ups and downs, certainty and uncertainty, questions and answers. We must train our minds for this marathon with the spiritual preparation of daily devotion, fasting, believing prayer and increase our mileage for long haul faith. We have to build up our endurance to stay in the race. I’m learning the more I prepare and train for the marathon, the more willing I am to keep on running the race. My next race is a 5 Day Prayer Marathon from January 28-February 3rd. I’m preparing now to finish strong.
Prayer: Lord help us stay in the race. Give us strength to go another mile.
My Pastor preached a sermon on giving, I had just read a lesson from a book on being generous and I talked to a family member recently about finances and getting their house in order. Coincidences??? I don’t think so. God’s timing is so perfect. I needed to know more about giving and I needed a reminder to give more intentionally. I learned I will continue to have a losing streak trying to beat God giving. My little doesn’t compare to His lot and my small doesn’t measure up to His great. When we give a little God is the one who makes it grow and He is the one who makes it great. We win only by giving more to God simply because we can’t out give a giving God. Give a little more time, more love, more patience, more honor and respect, more prayer, more commitment and watch what happens. Try focusing this week on giving more, you’ll find more to give as you keep on giving.
Prayer: Lord help me give more today than I did yesterday. Amen.
To hear the sermon from January 21, 2018 called, It’s Time To Give click the link Mt Sinai Church
I don’t get sick too often but when I do I’m usually down for the count. There have been a lot of people getting sick with colds and the flu this season. I recently got a touch of a cold and it had me up and down. I received all kind of advice from gargling to purchasing the medicine ball drink from Starbucks to get rid of my symptoms. I did a few of those things but the best thing I could do was rest. I rested my body. Sometimes I was feeling alone as I ached, and my throat hurt, but God was there to comfort and soothe me. I’ve learned, no matter how I am feeling I must trust God to do the healing. We must rest in Him during our weary and well doing seasons. When your heart is hurting, lonely or even angry seek God’s face for extra strength and trust He will take care of you. God is a Healer. Cold and flu seasons are serious. Life is serious. God’s caring is serious. I thank God for allowing me to get back on my feet. I pray you too will be well and take care of yourself physically so you may keep living on pitch. Let not your heart be dismayed, God will and He does take care of you.