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.
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Have you ever made a reservation, received the confirmation and then got more than what you asked for or wanted? Has this ever happened to you? You reserved a table for two at a restaurant and got seated at a nice booth instead. You reserve a mid-size car and got offered a free upgrade. You ever reserve a spa treatment and got extra services or more time in the chair to relax. You reserved a time for your hair appointment and got called to come in earlier. You ordered a general admission ticket and got moved to the front of the line like a VIP ticket holder. I have experienced most if not all of these scenarios and it’s a good feeling to know when we’re being taken care of or treated special. Sometimes benefits come because of our connections with a supplier. It could be our status as a member in a rewards program, it could be because we’re celebrating a special day or event, or that we’re part of a preferred group. Sometimes I want my life to be like that with God. I want those unlimited hook ups and promotions. I want the VIP treatment. I want more, more, more. I’ve learned God’s reward program is not based on any points earned or membership dues I’ve paid. The Bible says God rewards those who diligently seek Him. He is the One who supplies all my needs. He is able to give us more, not just because of a special status, not because of anything we earned or accumulated. God has a unique way of confirming our reservations then giving us more just for being faithful, committed and true to Him. When we sign up to serve, God gives us more opportunities. When we reserve a place for God in our heart, confess our sins and declare to live boldly for Him, He confirms it and give us so much more. God gives us life everlasting, unconditional love, joy unspeakable, indescribable peace, a blessed hope and assurance of our salvation. Now, that’s more than we could ever imagine or ask for.
Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge you God today as my preferred supplier. Thank you for having everything I need. Thank you for loving and caring for me. Thank you for being more than enough. Thank you for the overflow of grace. Thank you for both earthly and heavenly rewards.
Have you ever found yourself being busy but doing nothing? You ever been full of ideas and goals but not really accomplishing them? I can be honest and tell you that I have. I have come to realize spinning wheels don’t go anywhere, they just spin. It’s time to get clear about those goals and start doing what you said you were going to do. That’s my little speech to myself today. Life can get so busy and we end up just being busy and that’s all. No filters here, I’m feeling a little stagnant. This is not a good feeling. I trust God so I’m asking Him for help to accomplish certain goals. I ask God for wisdom to go confidently in the right direction. I’m asking God for clarity and also for a disciplined heart. I ask God to remove my fears and doubts that surface from time to time. I am asking God for His purpose to be fulfilled in my life. I ask God to show me the way and remove distractions. I don’t really want to be stuck in the same old busy place with a lot of action and no activity, no fruit, no evidence of the hand of God moving. I must pray about this and dedicate myself to doing what is required. I desire to live purposefully on pitch for God and to do His will. Do you ever feel too busy or stagnant in life? How do you get unstuck? How do you focus to accomplish your goals? Share your thoughts and let’s pray for each other.
Last month it was all about the new year, new goals, new beginnings and new adventures too. As I look back over the beginning of the this month, some of my own new starts have already stopped. I realize I need to be courageous for some of the new things I have on my list. I need to let go of some fears, some doubts, some anxiety. I said to myself, out with the old and in with the new. However, I was quickly reminded that the same old courage it took me to meet desired goals previously, is what I needed to start over. I had a talk with myself. I spoke honestly to me saying “don’t you dare give up, don’t you throw away your courage, your do better attitude, or your no excuses mindset.” It takes courage to be more disciplined (slow it down), to turn away from (say no), and to stay focused (live healthy). So I began again by taking baby steps. Starting over starts with courage and I am going to use that same old courage from before to lift me up out of the pit of discouragement. The bible says over and over to be of good courage. I was strengthened as I read Psalm 31:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
Prayer: Lord help me be courageous no matter what, because my hope is in You. Thank you for always loving me and for being there every time I am discouraged, feel like giving up and have to start over. Give me peace and persistence in Jesus name, Amen.
I have received so many e-mail messages on love this week. The messages are mostly advertisements to remind me to buy something to celebrate, surprise, amaze, cherish my true love and my sweetheart. Chocolate, fruit, nice dinners, and jewelry are all fine but they are not the greatest gifts. The best messages of love come from how we live our lives according to God’s word. The Bible says love is not arrogant or rude and doesn’t insist on its own way. Love isn’t envious or boastful. Love never ends. One of my favorite songs about love says “by this men will know that we are Christ disciples” When I give love away with a message of hope and faith I am sending the right message. God’s love always amazes me. I am blood-bought, not dipped in chocolate bought or nice restaurant bought, or even bling bought. I cherish the fact God so loved me that He gave His only son for me. I have tasted and seen the sweetest of love in my walk with God from the moment I invited Jesus into my heart. I invited Him in and God ignited me to live on pitch for Him. That’s my love story and I’m giving this message of love, faith and hope away today. God so loves you too. Invite Jesus into your heart and you will receive the greatest gift of love!
Today’s two words are ANSWERED PRAYER
God always answers prayer! Whether it’s a yes, no, or wait God answers when we ask. How easy is it to just ask? Well, the bible says to ask in prayer and faith believing. I can testify because I’ve asked and God answered. I haven’t always got the answer I thought but God always answers prayer. Whenever I ask without doubting that He knows what’s best for me, I receive an answer that’s best for me. Sometimes the answer is yes my daughter, sometimes it’s no my daughter and sometimes it’s hold on and wait a minute, a month or a year my daughter. God knows which doors to open and which ones to close. God knows my heart and all of it’s desires. He knows all of yours too so just ask Him believing that His answers are exactly what’s best for you.