Sink or Swim

Your thoughts can poison your mind and create a chemical imbalance, but you have the power to control that.

  • Find the good in everything.
  • Change your acquaintances.
  • Speak positive affirmations over your life.
  • Love unconditionally without expecting it in return (that’s when the hurt comes in).

There is no reason to drown from within when you have the natural capacity to swim above any issue.

It’s in our DNA.

There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:15, 21-23 NKJV

Never. Give. Up!

My family and I were on vacation. We decided to hike a trail in Hawaii called Diamond head crater. It is a volcanic landform, built by particles that were ejected from a volcanic eruption. It now looks like a mountain.

Listen here!!! We are not the outdoors- type of people; however we will explore things native to the area of which we are vacationing. I personally do not like anything associated with hiking, but because my family wanted to, I decided not to be a negative Nancy. I wanted to encourage your hearts as we near the end of the week. Never give up!

Life lesson: Don’t give up on you! I am inspired. So inspired. This climb meant a lot to me. More than my family even understands.

I had to pause many times. Older people passed me by. My children went ahead. All I could do is repeat Psalms 23. My husband stayed behind, although he could have easily gone ahead and finished quickly.

What is the moral of the story: Run your race. Your run may be a walk. You may have to pause. You may have to cry, but never compare your journey to someone else. You can make it, if you don’t give up!

Be patient with you!

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” Isaiah 43:2, 13 NLT

Watch What You Say

Communicate godliness

Before we can converse or express something with our mouths, more than likely we have already thought it. You have put together what you will say and how you will say it, before it is spoken.

Communication means to transmit or pass on thought, feeling, or information from one person to the next. Before I can pass on what I say or feel, I have to internally process it.

The Bible says it like this;

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 NLT

What comes out of your mouth is a reflection of what is already in you. As you read this, consider what is in your heart. This basically means, what you inwardly feel or what real and transparent thoughts about a person or situation immediately come to mind?

To communicate godliness you have to be godly in your heart, in your mind, and you have to practice godliness.

Although we have all heard the term godliness used a few times, allow me to provide a quick and easy definition for godliness.

In its simplest understanding the entire Bible is a book on godliness, being God-like. Acting like God. Responding like God.

The ability to teach, to demonstrate and communicate godliness means that we must be able to communicate in non-threatening, and non-defensive manners.

If we cannot imitate God, according to the scripture, how can we teach about Him? At what point do we deny ourselves? At what point do we present ourselves a LIVING sacrifice?

Here is a rule of thumb: If you do not know how to answer or may run the risk of offending someone through your reply, simply do not respond. Wait. It is best to say: “Let me get back to you,” or “I’ll speak with you later,” versus spewing choice words that you will feel guilty for saying.

If the Holy Spirit is your guide, He will make certain, that you realize your communication was not godly, oh and be prepared to apologize.

What is the point: Control your feelings, so that your feelings don’t control you. If you control your feelings, you can control your thoughts. If you can control your thoughts, you can control what you say.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6 NIV

What Did You Say?

Get up!

Stop talking yourself out of success! Stop speaking defeat over your life.

  • Tell yourself you can make it.
  • Tell yourself you can do it.
  • Tell yourself you will not give up!

Why should you have a conversation with yourself, you may ask? Because there is power in your words.

Repetition births results.

If you speak it and repeat it, “it” produces a thought. Thoughts produce plans of action.

Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23

This ends today! Today is the day to kick the common council of negativity out of your mind. Negative and pessimistic thoughts have become common place and have taken up residence. You forgot one important thing: you are not common. So why allow accept common?

The next time the spirit of fear, doubt, insecurity, and anxiety creep up on you, call them out:

“Excuse me? What did you say?”

Grow Through it!

A seed cannot be called a plant until it develops a relationship with the ground (its foundation).

What happens beneath the surface is critical to the success of all that is to come. The environmental conditions must trigger the seed to grow. Usually, this is determined by how deep the seed is planted, water availability, and temperature- come on here Jesus, I hear you.

The conditions and the pressure cause the seed to become what it was purposed to be.

The talking behind your back (and to your face), the anxiety, stress, the threat against your life, the loss of a loved one, and pressure of life created the perfect conditions for your growth.

You had to go through it, so you could grow through it!

  • Even if no one notices.
  • Even if some take advantage of
  • you.
  • Even if you are criticized.
  • Even if you’re misunderstood.
  • Even if you’re talked about.

#keep planting!

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9 NLT)

Uncomfortable Love

    A dad who walked out of your child’s life without footprints that will lead her to him.
    A family member diagnosed with an illness that makes you question if God is all that “loving.”
    A co-worker who deliberately miscommunicates your work to the team lead, causing others to trust your abilities.
    An employee who intentionally attempts to sabotage your leadership skills.

It is one thing to know a principle; it is another thing altogether to apply it.

When trying to love real people, in the real world, love is the last thing that crosses our mind.

What do you do when loving someone is uncomfortable? When the love is misinterpreted or not reciprocated?

Consider this:

You may think that it is difficult to love who you would feel is unlovable but consider how God demonstrated His love towards us (AND CONTINUES to) when:

  • We are the most difficult.
  • We question His existence.
  • We question is decisions.
  • We call ourselves getting upset with Him.
  • We blame Him for evil- when He has nothing to do with the evil.

Even in the midst of our rejection of Him, our wicked thoughts and polluted verbiage, He still loved us, when it was uncomfortable.

Oh, so you say He is God and He has no feelings? Sure He does. Why would He have been hurt (grieved) to His heart for making man, contemplating the thought of destroying everything?

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (Genesis 6:5-6, KJV)

It hurts to love someone and they do not love you back. Rejection hurts. Love covers what the mind cannot comprehend. If you are seeking for a model of unconditional love. Look no further. Imitate Jesus.

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG

Pick Up the Phone

How can my situation change?

When will it change?

How will it change?

I’ve been in this or that for so long, why should I believe that it will ever change?

If it could change, why is it taking so long?

Have you ever had any of these types of questions run across your mind? If you’re not careful, you begin to question the very presence and ability of God. I cannot stress the importance of prayer. Prayer is your contact with God, through the Holy Spirit.

Praying is our communication piece. If we don’t do this continually, our spiritual life suffers. We often view prayer as a means of obtaining what we desire and what we need, but there is so much more to prayer than just your personal requests.

  • Prayer is the way we get to know God for ourselves.
  • Prayer is His invitation to get to know Him.
  • Prayer is our spiritual mobile device, allowing us to have direct contact with our Father to ask Him what HIS desires are, what HIS purpose is, and what HIS will is for situations that arise in our lives.

God allows us to approach Him. Are you serious? To have the ability to approach our Creator and speak with Him directly should not be taken lightly.

You have daily access to speak to GOD! Think about that!

Prayer is a privilege. God is far above us, completely holy above everyone and everything.

Prayer changes the results of bad news.

Prayer gives a solution to a problem.

Prayer lifts the heavy burdens.

Prayer keeps us more purpose driven.

Prayer keeps us more spiritually minded.

Prayer increases our faith in Jesus.

Prayer makes us honest with who we are and what we need to do.

Prayer makes us examine ourselves.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1 NLT

Okay Jesus. Let’s pray:

Father in the name of Jesus. Lord I just want to thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to come before you and speak with you. I am humbled that you would allow us the ability to actually have a conversation with you. To be in your presence, to experience your glory- as much of you as you desire to reveal to us, oh my God we are not worthy. But here I sit as a weak and humble vessel. I thank you for who you are. I thank you that you love us and continuously show us what genuine love looks like. It’s amazing that we come to you with our personal petitions for some things but feel we can handle the matters of our own heart…until those things do not work out as we planned. It’s amazing that we want to prove to you that we are adults and can handle things ourselves, until we have to return and fall back on our knees to ask for your mercy. Lord you are the king of kings and the Lord or Lords. You are unlike our earthly parents. For they teach us until we become of a certain age to prove we are mature enough to handle situations, have a family of our own and impart morals and standards into them. You never let go of us, always showing us that we will forever be your children regardless of how old we become. I thank you for giving us an opportunity to be with you. If we be honest, it’s rough out here. The enemy sees us all as one target. Not only is he attacking men – which has always been but also women and children. Lord continue to keep your people. Let those that serve you KNOW that one of the benefits of serving you is protection. Let them understand the difference between temptation (something we give in to because we wanted it) and trials (suffering we go through spiritually for a designed purpose). We know that the power the enemy has was given for a season. We also know that you have power over him and your power is from everlasting to everlasting. We also know that we give him power. BUT OH GOD – JESUS!!! We have declared and decreed that when the enemy begins to roar, we are roaring back, standing firm and boldly on your word. I’m not trying tell you what you said because you know what you’ve promised. But you said you would rebuke the devourer for us. Rebuke means put him in check. JESUS can you check him please? Let Him know who you are and whose we are. Those who have not yet surrendered and have not made the decision to live for you, I ask that you allow them to connect with your true believers. Allow them to recognize that everyone is not hypocritical. You have children that listen to you and live so that your glory can be revealed through them.

For too long we have taken the ability to converse with you to lightly as if we earned access to come before the throne of grace. Forgive me Father. Your presence is better than life. Your love is more precious than the rarest of jewels. Your power is stronger than the mightiest of armies. I love you forever. Jesus, I thank you for loving me enough that you were willing to stand in the middle. I am not worthy to approach God personally, but you were willing to make that sacrifice. Thank you for taking this prayer to our Father. You are the best big brother ever. I long to see the day where I get to meet you personally. I don’t know if I will fall to my face or pass out. By no means am I rushing the formal greeting. I still have some raising of children to do; but you’re always in my heart and on my mind. It amazes me all the things you do for me…and I’ve never seen your face. I’m getting so teary-eyes I can’t see these words on the screen. So I’ll end this prayer for now as I humbly ask that you accept this prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Pick up the spiritual phone and talk to your Father. He will always answer.