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.
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