Feeling Burnt Out

When you’re experiencing burnout it does not mean you leave God out. Resting in God is better than wrestling against Him. Philippians 4 reminds us to stand firm in the Lord, rejoice in the Lord, don’t worry about anything, think and dwell on praiseworthy things, let God’s peace guard our hearts, and allow Him to strengthen us in all we do. If you’re feeling tired, burnt out and need to take a break on the job, at school, in ministry, or even on your own personal mission don’t leave God out because I’ve learned that’s when you’ll really feel the burn.

Prayer: Lord I am nothing without you. Give me strength to continue in Jesus name and for His sake. Amen

Light It Up

I love candles. Especially ones with a good scent. I love the fragrance they give and the light that flickers from them. I have used the indoor candles and wax fragrances too but it’s not quite the same as a true candle light. Sometimes after a long week I just want to light a candle. Candles are relaxing, they are simple decor and help create an atmosphere. I can read or listen to music by candlelight. This weekend I lost power in my home for two hours. I had to break out my candles to light up the house. I was glad I didn’t have to sit in the darkness that long. I began to think about the many flood and hurricane victims not having power for days. My two hours of being in the dark could not compare. I had just a little light in my home when there was darkness all around me. I began to sing softly this little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine. I thought, sometimes we have to worship in the dark to see the Light. I was alone but not afraid and I thanked God for being my Light and salvation.

The Bible says we are to be lights and I would much rather shine than melt away. May your light shine with confidence, joy, hope, courage and wisdom. May you shine brightly for Christ wherever you go.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

One A Day

I take my multivitamins for health reasons. All I need is one a day to feed my body with supplements to keep going. What spiritual vitamins do you take to keep going? Are you on one chapter, one verse, one song, one prayer, or one sermon? Don’t forget to take your vitamins and feed your soul. When we connect with God and get in the habit of spending time with Him, He will keep us strong and provide everything we need to keep us living healthy spiritual lives. Every believer needs their nutrients to keep going.

Here is my verse to help me stay in tune with God today: Psalm 7:17 ESV.

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Psalm 7:17

Master Plans

I’ve been doing a lot of planning lately. It takes work making out plans for your life. We make all type of plans. Plans for our career, education, meals, vacations, birthday parties, special events and even retirement. Sometimes our plans work and sometimes they don’t. Plans can fail, they don’t go as well as expected or we miss steps in the process. We say we have good intentions. Planning takes careful consideration and time to think things through. I know you might not believe it but God has a plan just for you. He’s a Master at planning. He’s is consistent in making plans for you and He lovingly reminds of us it in scripture. Creation was planned. Salvation was planned. Redemption of man, also planned. I’m so glad that God knows something about plans. His plans are always better than mine. His plans always succeed and His plans are perfect and complete. I’m learning to trust God no matter what my plans are. I’ve learned even when our plans don’t work out, God’s plan always does.

Prayer: Lord thank you for protecting, prospering and providing for me. Thank you for including me in your plans. Amen

How To Move A Mountain

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.

More To Give

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

Down But Not Out

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.