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Surrendering Thoughts and Prayers

My thoughts have been going sort of like this, I’ll have multiple “Lord have mercies” in one day and a whole lot of “Lord help” the next. This week has been extremely tough and it’s not quite over. I had to stop and just ask God’s help. Have you ever had to do that? Just stop. Ask God. Help Lord. Our help will surely come. I am a witness to it. When things are off pitch in your life just stop and ask God for help. We must learn to obey the stop signs in life and sometimes it can be hard to recognize them. Crazy situations and conversations, chaos and short fuses are all stop signs for me. I’m learning to ask God for help. I am sharing a portion of my personal prayer this week. I am sure God will hear us when we reach out and surrender all.

Lord help me surrender to you when everything seems to be going wrong and it looks like nothing is working out. Help me surrender to you when life gets busy and there’s not enough time to do the important tasks. Help me surrender to you when things and people just don’t make sense. Help me surrender to you when trouble comes, when the news is not good, grief strikes and fear stops me in my tracks. Help me surrender to you when I don’t understand how I’m going to make it through another week or another day. Lord help. I am confident that You Lord are my help.

The next time things start spinning around out of control just stop and ask God for help. He’s sure to be a very present help in your time of need.

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Pray First

I am learning to pray more through every situation. I know there is power in prayer. Talking to God helps when I don’t understand and it also helps when I totally get it. God gets it. If I just sit in silence God gets it, if I open my mouth and the words jumble all up or my mind starts to wander, God gets it. I can come to Him with thoughts and thanksgiving. He listens, He hears and He accepts me unconditionally. Why would I go anywhere else but to God in prayer?

Prayer: Dear Lord teach me to come to you before others. Teach me cast all my cares on you. Amen.

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Monday Prayer

Lord help me get a grip before I slip. Anchored living starts with prayer. Now that’s what I call Living On Pitch.

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Feeling Burnt Out

When you’re experiencing burnout it does not mean you leave God out. Resting in God is better than wrestling against Him. Philippians 4 reminds us to stand firm in the Lord, rejoice in the Lord, don’t worry about anything, think and dwell on praiseworthy things, let God’s peace guard our hearts, and allow Him to strengthen us in all we do. If you’re feeling tired, burnt out and need to take a break on the job, at school, in ministry, or even on your own personal mission don’t leave God out because I’ve learned that’s when you’ll really feel the burn.

Prayer: Lord I am nothing without you. Give me strength to continue in Jesus name and for His sake. Amen

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Master Plans

I’ve been doing a lot of planning lately. It takes work making out plans for your life. We make all type of plans. Plans for our career, education, meals, vacations, birthday parties, special events and even retirement. Sometimes our plans work and sometimes they don’t. Plans can fail, they don’t go as well as expected or we miss steps in the process. We say we have good intentions. Planning takes careful consideration and time to think things through. I know you might not believe it but God has a plan just for you. He’s a Master at planning. He’s is consistent in making plans for you and He lovingly reminds of us it in scripture. Creation was planned. Salvation was planned. Redemption of man, also planned. I’m so glad that God knows something about plans. His plans are always better than mine. His plans always succeed and His plans are perfect and complete. I’m learning to trust God no matter what my plans are. I’ve learned even when our plans don’t work out, God’s plan always does.

Prayer: Lord thank you for protecting, prospering and providing for me. Thank you for including me in your plans. Amen

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Simple Prayers

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It’s another busy week but here I am. Desperate for God to help me live on pitch.  My story is the same. Stay in tune with the Master.   My agenda for this week is simple.

Keep Praying.

Monday: Lord keep me day by day. Especially this day.

Tuesday: Lord, be my strength and help me to keep on going, especially today.

Wednesday: Lord thank you for loving me, especially today.

Thursday: Lord, help me trust you in every area of my life, especially today..

Friday: Lord thank you for being there for me always, especially today.

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How To Move A Mountain

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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Down But Not Out

I don’t get sick too often but when I do I’m usually down for the count. There have been a lot of people getting sick with colds and the flu this season. I recently got a touch of a cold and it had me up and down. I received all kind of advice from gargling to purchasing the medicine ball drink from Starbucks to get rid of my symptoms. I did a few of those things but the best thing I could do was rest. I rested my body. Sometimes I was feeling alone as I ached, and my throat hurt, but God was there to comfort and soothe me. I’ve learned, no matter how I am feeling I must trust God to do the healing. We must rest in Him during our weary and well doing seasons. When your heart is hurting, lonely or even angry seek God’s face for extra strength and trust He will take care of you. God is a Healer. Cold and flu seasons are serious. Life is serious. God’s caring is serious. I thank God for allowing me to get back on my feet. I pray you too will be well and take care of yourself physically so you may keep living on pitch. Let not your heart be dismayed, God will and He does take care of you.

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So Close

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.

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Out of Control

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.