Let’s be honest. Monday’s are hard but I don’t hate them. Monday’s have never done anything to me. They are hard on holidays when everyone, well not everyone, is actually off work. They are hard when I tell myself I’m getting up early to go the gym and my bed doesn’t want to let me go. I don’t blame Monday’s for that. That’s an issue I’m still working on. Pray saints. I love to sleep in but work duty usually calls after the weekend and it’s no surprise year after year Mondays keep showing up, just like every other day of the week. I view Monday’s as my focus days. I must push myself to focus on what’s ahead for the week at the same time look back on how I made it to another Monday. I love it when my Sunday worship prepares me for my Monday worship and the cycle continues. We have to find our fearless every Monday and make a point to take time to reflect on our attitudes about starting a new work week. For me I make adjustments as many times as necessary to choose love over hate. I must choose to stay positive and productive to keep moving along. I need that and others around our workplace and offices do too, especially on Mondays. Join me today and Thank God for Mondays!
It’s here, time to embrace the new year of 2018. We have a brand new year to keep living on pitch. 365 more days to keep pressing on. How will you live more on pitch this year than you did last year? Will you be more prayerful, more helpful, more thankful, more hopeful, more faithful, more confident, more loving or more peaceful? Whatever you want to do more of remember your purpose. Stay focused and believe what God’s word already says in Matthew 19:26 (ESV) with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. I’m praying to have a great start, great endurance and great victories for His glory. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
Today I’m sharing this YouTube lyric video from Aaron Shust. This song is one I heard at a Women’s Conference and it became a favorite quickly. This is my song for the weekend. What song are you singing this weekend? Enjoy and have a safe Labor Day.
I love flowers in the garden. I don’t have a physical garden in my home but I’ll admit sometimes I go to Home Depot just to walk through the garden section and see all the pretty colors blooming. I’ll see someone watering the plants and flowers to keep them alive and fresh. As I step in the garden I start to think, there’s hope for me if I just plant a seed. I may not have a green thumb but I have a garden of hope. You also can have a garden of hope. When we decide to plant seeds of hope, trust in God and water them regularly by reading God’s word we come alive. If we allow God to grow us up in faith, love, and truth we will see the beauty that surrounds us when we are in the garden.
I have two words for you today and they are build up! So many people are being torn down these days. The Bible says we are to esteem others better than ourselves. As I grow in my walk with Christ, I’m learning how to live on pitch. I learned Christians don’t chop up, they build up. We must not be influenced by television, radio, music and the language spoken throughout the day. There are so many images that are negative and it’s easy to be influenced by ungodly people and the world’s view but I encourage you to find someone to build up today. I want to be more like Christ today. Here are just a few small ways I will do just that:
- Be kind
- Share a smile
- Say thank you
- Give someone a compliment
- Tell someone good job
- Let people know I’m praying for them
This was a busy weekend for me. It was busy and beautiful at the same time which sounds a little crazy to me. I was surrounded by beautiful people and beautiful things all weekend long. Over the weekend I discovered my love for music again. I found myself lost in several songs, jamming to beats I heard before and some I had not heard. I thank God for allowing me to take time to slow down and appreciate so many of the gifts all around me. Gifts of being loved and sharing God’s love, spending precious time with family, meeting new people, and watching beautiful waves crash against rocks. There is so much beautiful music in my life and I must slow down to hear it, appreciate it and love it. Listening to music and singing, always lifts me so I lost the busy and found the beauty. I discovered I must not get so busy I can’t sing a song or sing along. My love for music runs deep within my heart. God’s beauty surrounds me, and I could sing of His love forever. What song might you sing to encourage yourself in the Lord today or make someone’s day beautiful?
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.