I attended Vision Sunday recently at my church and was excited about the New Year and having another opportunity to serve in Ministry. Speaking of vision, I got a new study Bible. I finally broke down to get a large print edition because my vision has changed. I was having a hard time seeing the words in my Bible clearly. I’m happy to purchase the new Bible but I couldn’t help to notice the small print on the the outside cover that says it’s a “Large Print” Bible edition. I opened it and it’s definitely large print on the inside. This new Bible taught me an old lesson. It’s not about the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. I am not judging this book by its cover! This week I pray for clear vision. I pray for godly character to live on the inside despite what I look like on the outside. I pray for wisdom to see what God sees and accept what He has for my life. I pray God will keep me living purposefully on pitch.
This is the start of a new week. Whether you are going back to school or going back to work you must know your ABC’s and by that I do not mean the 26 letters of the alphabet. I mean you must know how to Always Be Confident. My ABC verse for this week is Psalm 27:3 (ESV) which says, Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Even if there are no parking spaces left in my typical lot, I will keep searching and saying yet I will be confident. If I forget to bring my lunch , I will pack this verse in my heart and say yet I will be confident. No matter what is going on this week encourage yourself. Practice your ABC verses and remain confident in the Lord to see you through.
What are you hoping for this year? We all need hope. Hope to keep going, hope to hang in there, hope to keep living day after day. I heard a sermon by a Pastor named Keelan Atkinson and he reminded me that “Hope is what you hang onto until your Help shows up.” Our help comes from God and only God. I am hoping and trusting God today as my Helper. I am hoping God gets the glory for all that He does. Whatever God allows me to accomplish this year, I hope God is the center of it all.
Prayer: Dear Lord help me to hang in there. Give me strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Amen
It’s here, time to embrace the new year of 2018. We have a brand new year to keep living on pitch. 365 more days to keep pressing on. How will you live more on pitch this year than you did last year? Will you be more prayerful, more helpful, more thankful, more hopeful, more faithful, more confident, more loving or more peaceful? Whatever you want to do more of remember your purpose. Stay focused and believe what God’s word already says in Matthew 19:26 (ESV) with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. I’m praying to have a great start, great endurance and great victories for His glory. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
I recently celebrated a birthday. I am so thankful for another year. I received lots of birthday wishes on social media , text messages and phone calls. It was a good day but not an over the top kind of day. Not the kind of day where you feel extra special and loved on by everyone. There wasn’t a big party in my honor, no fancy restaurant to have dinner with friends. There were no party favors, but there was favor from God. There was no cake or ice cream but there was a sweet fellowship with God. I had love from God and plenty of reminders of it. I was reminded when I woke up that God loved me enough to let me see another day. I graciously received the gift of new mercy. I was reminded of how much God loved me. I received the gift of life by being in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 36:5-9 got me thinking of how to celebrate without a party. I was reminded of God’s steadfast love, how precious it is along with His faithfulness and His light. I was reminded of how much God delights. For this party of one to an audience of One it felt like a grand celebration. No fancy venue, no special dessert or large group of friends were needed. All I needed to celebrate another year of life was God’s love and His presence. Share with me how you celebrate your special days?
Oh Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
I am thankful for you all who subscribe to and read my blog. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and keep living on Pitch.
How often do you put things away for safekeeping? I️ have a special place for all my important documents and files. My mail can get out of control and I️ have to find time to sit down, sort through it, shred and put away what’s important. I️ have another place for jewelry and other gadgets I️ like to think of as valuable. They all have their place, just like the cash in my purse or wallet and the keys to my home or car. They all have to be kept in a safe place. If I lost or misplaced any of these items I would feel awful. Have you ever thought you lost your keys or your wallet? Have you ever thought you put something in a safe place, you were certain it was put up out of harm’ s way? The feeling of losing something valuable can drive us crazy. Do you have a safe place to keep all your spiritual valuables? Your heart, mind and soul are valuable. Your life is valuable. The Bible says in Psalm 121 The Lord is our keeper. I love this scripture. I️ can put it away in my memory bank for safekeeping. It is a good reminder that we are protected, safe and secure in God. When we allow God to keep our hearts, keep our lives and our minds we can be certain we’re in a safe place.