Sometimes my sunshine is gone, my moonlight gets dim and my clouds hang low over my own little world. When everything and everybody seems distant, so far away, out of reach or beyond what I can see, that’s when I must remember how close God is to me. God never drifts away. He never misses a call or an appointment. He is so close that every time we start to feel alone, outcast or far away we must cling to Him like the sun,
moon, clouds and stars cling to the sky.
I encourage you today to hold on.
Here’s a fruit of the Spirit lesson I’ve learned: The hardest part about self-control is controlling yourself enough to keep it to your self. Sometimes I speak before I think. I type before thinking about the tone of the message, I pre-judge before I know all the facts, I even assume a position before making a sound decision. I let my emotions have full control and my emoting can quickly lead to demotion, hurtful and sometimes broken relationships.
Living a life of discipline takes focus, intention and a whole lot of self-control. Our thoughts, our mindset, our speech, our attitudes, our social life are all a part of our Christian walk. When we allow God to be the editor in chief we can do better, live better, talk and walk better as ambassadors. How do you discipline yourself to be sure you are living on pitch and bearing good fruit?
How do you practice self-control when things are out of control?
Prayer: Dear Lord take control over my thoughts, my speech and attitude today. Let my outside actions show people You live on the inside. Help me to hold back when I want to lash out. Amen.
As I sit on dry land today and reflect on a great weekend I can’t help but think of family and friends in Houston, TX who are dealing with floods and rain. My Monday morning worship is all about prayer today. I am praying for everyone’s safety and that God will protect and keep them. God is in full control. Let’s all continue to pray for our nation, those who are in the midst of this hurricane and for the salvation of the lost. Keep praying for others. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
Sometime I have to just start over. I get off track, I lose focus and I don’t always stick to the goals I have planned. I have to constantly remind myself of the beginning whenever I’m trying to live healthy and eat healthy. I must focus on the genesis, that initial starting point. I start to remind myself of the commitment made, the desire to do better and take care of this temple God gave me. I remind myself of the promises of God. When we start to feel alone or stagnant we can always start over. God is with us and for us. I love how the Bible shows us that living on pitch is not a solo act. In reading Genesis, two words stood out in chapter 1 verse 26 then God said, “let us”. We need God, the Creator and Lord of all. He doesn’t need us. It starts with God and a “let us” mentality. Do you have a new beginnings prayer?
Here’s mine: Dear Lord I need You and I am totally relying on your help. I don’t want to do anything without you. Help us stay in tune and focused, let us start over, let us make the right choices to reach our goals and let us desire to please you. Amen.
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.
My prayer this morning is simple. The words to the hymn I Am Thine O Lord say it all. Draw me nearer Lord, Nearer blessed Lord. My favorite verse says :
Consecrate me now, to thy service Lord, By the power of grace divine
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope and my will be lost in Thine.
My morning prayer is Lord help us live with purpose and grow closer to you.
Now that’s what I call living on pitch. It’s all about #thatworshiplife.
I have been doing some spring cleaning which I think I started a little late. It feels good to purge things that are no longer being used or get rid of old and unwanted items that just seem to collect dust on my shelves. I am starting to feel like I need to make room for something. I am not quite sure what it is yet, but I will keep on purging. I sang these words in church recently “my storage is empty and I am available to you” and it reminded me to think about the life God has given me and how I want to give back to Him. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to just clean and empty out the internal closet and dust off the shelves. I can’t let sin settle in or pride trap me in. It amazes me how God controls the pouring in as I do the emptying out. I love 1 John 1:9 (ESV) which says if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God’s word promises that He will fill us, strengthen and renew us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, clean out my cabinets of sin, remove fear and doubt, cleanse me, and wash me inside and out. Release me from the stuff that holds me back, the old and messy things that try to hide inside my heart. Purify me Lord and make me to be what you would have me to be. Amen