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.
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?
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.
Have you ever felt angry or upset with God? Have you ever felt like God didn’t understand what you were going through? You pick up the phone and call a friend, then you proceed to tell them all about it. You forget to even check your knee mail because you’re so upset and overwhelmed. You don’t realize you have tons of messages waiting. Everybody can tell something’s wrong. Your joy has been cooked rare and your peace is medium rare. You really want a well done life. Life can be rough, turns can take twist and things can get a little crazy but God fully understands our feelings, frustrations and He knows exactly what we are going through. As we are quick to talk to others about our feelings or frustrations, it’s important to remind ourselves to talk to God about everything. God speaks your language and understands your emotions so why not talk to Him? God hears. God listens. Only God can say well done good and faithful servant. Trust Him today and do not doubt, then you’ll be able to say it is well with my soul.
Psalm 17:6 I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
Do you ever make mental notes? Do you tell yourself things to do? It’s important to have reminders as I often feel like too many things are going through my mind and my brain feels overloaded. I love this scripture in Psalm 37:5 (NLT) which says Commit everything you do to the Lord, Trust him and he will help you. I need this scripture as a daily reminder and note to self. Note to self: Commit everything not just some things. What scripture notes can you make to yourself today?
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.
Good manners are hard to find these days. Sometime people display them by gestures and other times by the words they speak. Some common signs of good manners I have always been taught were to use the words please and thank you. I noticed the Bible doesn’t necessarily focus on the word please as much as it does on thank you. God’s word commands us to give thanks always. It pleases God when we say thank you to Him just for being God. It pleases God when we acknowledge how good He is and how great His name is. It pleases God more when give thanks in everything rather than saying please God get me out of this or please God, let me just win the lottery. Have you ever prayed like that? I know I haven’t told God thank you enough in my prayers. I am guilty of having too many “please God”prayers that are focused on me and my personal issues or needs. I read Psalm 119:28-29 and it reminded me to give thanks so today, I will start living wiser by being more thankful. I thank God for wisdom to say the words thank you Lord in everything, because in Him I have everything I need. Now that’s what I call living on pitch. When it comes to good manners which do you prefer, people to say please or thank you? Please share your thoughts in the comments.