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.
I’ve heard many people declare someone was acting high and mighty and were extremely irritated by their behavior. A high and mighty attitude will bring you low real quick. This is not the way I want to act as a believer. I must be careful of not coming off as too high and mighty in my speech, my walk with God or my attitude in relating with others. The Bible tells me the only one who is high and mighty is our God according to Psalm 89:13. This scripture grounds me and reminds me of who God is. There is no comparison to my God who is strong, high and mighty.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me remember who you are. Your arms are mighty and your hand is high and strong. Keep me humble and grounded where I truly belong.
In my last post early this month, I wrote about God always answering prayer. Well, I am a living on pitch witness today, that God still answers prayer. I have been praying about a family matter, rather several matters, most of which have caused me to wait for answers but God answered one of my prayers recently. I am so grateful I had to wait for it. I’m so glad God doesn’t do spoiler alerts. His answers to my prayers are always worth the wait. I’m giving thanks with a grateful heart. Be encouraged and just keep praying!
Psalm 40:1 ESV I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.