You are Over Capacity

Luggage is always required for travel. Once we get to our destination and unpack, we often realize that we packed too much in our suitcase with items that serve no purpose.

We do this same thing when it comes to our lives and then complain about having too much to carry. We carry things that serve no purpose for our purpose. The additional weight brings on stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

Do not wait until you reach your purposeful destination, to recognize that you packed too much baggage. Your Heavenly Father told you that He did NOT want you weighted down. He needs for you to be focused and worry-free.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

🧳 Even airlines have weight restrictions for luggage, it’s. Time that we place parameters on our luggage as well.

Stop carrying things that serve no purpose on your journey.

You Waited

Waiting for something to happen requires patience, but it is not the easiest to do. For example, waiting for the administrator to call your name for your annual physical seems like eternity. Or recall when you were a 7th grader and the time it took to for the bell to sound to conclude the end of the day…for everrrr. Let’s not forget the nine long months it takes to deliver a child- uhhh the agony.

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Here’s one: Waiting for the cue to walk down the aisle, as the bride, the groom, or the guests – geez!

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With all these scenarios, there is an anticipation of something better. The results of your annual checkup to confirm that you are well, the sound that confirms the end of the school day (need I say more). The introduction of the child its parents for the first time after almost a year’s time, and of course, the revealing of the beautiful bride exchanging vows with her soon to be spouse.

Might I propose one more example of waiting – Jesus waited for us. If you reminisce back to where you were and where you are now, you should experience an emotion of gratitude, praise, and gratefulness. Let me propose another thought: Where would we be if the Lord had left us?

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  • Where would we be if God left us in a state of depression?
  • Where would we be if God left us on the stressful job?
  • Where would we be if God left us in the hospital while we were awaiting the surgical procedure?
  • Where would we be if God left us being addicted to prescription drugs, alcohol, or street drugs?
  • Where would we be if God left us when we needed Him most?

But He did not leave; He waited. God, you waited. You personally waited.

God waited, when we denied His existence.
God waited when we closed our ears to His principles.
God waited when we chose to explore other religions and idol gods.
God waited when we chose work, people, and personal interests over Him.
God waited for us to accept His Son Jesus, as our personal Savior.

In fact, it was during the darkest moments that we accepted the light. Please remember this: the presence of darkness does not imply the absence of God.

Bible says it like this:

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

It is during our darkest of moments and places that we are able to see the light more clearly. God waited for you to reach for him, take His hand and accept His love.

Maybe you are still waiting for something to happen in your life. Do not give up hope. Consider how long God was willing to wait for you. He was so certain that you would choose Him that while you rejected Him, He STILL sent His Son, Jesus.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

We were so important to God that He was willing to wait. That makes me so emotional and just that more willing to present my life completely and totally surrendered to Him.

What about you? Are you willing to wait for God? Not for His resources, to grant you your desires, but for His purpose to be magnified through you, for His glory?

This devotion is based upon a song that I have been singing literally every morning, entitled: “You Waited.” I pray that it blesses you as it has me (click link below).

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Live for Something Bigger

 

Be bigger than the problem you’re facing.
Be better than your past mistake.
Be stronger than the temptation.
Be greater than the person who tries to belittle you.
Be bolder than your biggest fear.

Live for something bigger, because He bigger than anything.

Be greater because you already are, through Jesus!

1 John 4:4 (NKJV)
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 

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Essential Ingredient

The purpose of salt is to enhance other flavors. It also balances sweetness and helps suppress other flavors, such as bitterness. Salt contains the element sodium, which is an essential nutrient needed by the body. 

YOU ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE BODY!

Don’t allow the world and people to make you lose your flavor.

You ARE the salt.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].” MATTHEW 5:13 AMP

I’m salty!

A Different Kind of Love

It is easy to be kind to the people who care for you and who love you, but what about the “other” people?

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What about the ones who challenge your vision and oppose your suggestions? What about those who propel their opinions of you on others, causing tension and division?

Being kind or showing love to someone who does not care for you is pretty difficult and quite frankly, frustrating. Jesus calls us to show love to all people, regardless of how they may treat us. He doesn’t say this will be easy, but He did ask that we would present our lives a living sacrifice to Him. This implies that regardless of how we feel about a situation or a person, we have the words of eternal life to impact our circle of acquaintances. Being a living sacrifice also means that we step outside of who we are, surrendering our mind, body and soul to the Lord to express a different kind of love – a love that some may have not experienced, but unknowingly long for.  Why? Because this kind of love is different but it is also a demonstration of the love Jesus expresses towards ungrateful, and unreasonable people who have rejected Him from birth and continue to reject Him on a larger scale. Can you imagine how that would feel- to be rejected from birth?

 

We cannot love people with our type of love because our type of love is selective, but when you love the people around you with His kind of love, they’ll notice.

Let us ask God to help us love people past their faults, the way that Jesus called us to love them.

My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!” 1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

My God. My Father. My Deliverer.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Does it appear to not be enough time in the day? Does it seem as if one thing occurs after the other? With so much anguish, disease, hurt, distresses, brutalities, and inequalities, life can feel overbearing. Let’s not mention our own personal issues, geez.

I have often had many thoughts and emotions regarding the state of our country, school systems, and the future as it pertains to my children.

With so much going on, one can begin to wonder if God really cares. My desire today is to remind you that your Father is aware of everything that is going on, He cares, and He will bring comfort to your heart.

The God who heals, teaches, and delivers…is your FATHER!

In the midst of whatever you are facing, continue to recall this scripture to your mind and place it within the ventricles of your heart:

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” Psalms 34:19 NIV

Growth and Development

Self care is one of the buzz phrases used so often today. I am a firm believer in taking care of myself. In fact, to grow in any area, you must be able to reflect on who you are, where you are, and the direction you are going.

Just as a psychologist can provide a physical location that harbors feelings of safety and comfort, there should be a place where you can physically and mentally disconnect from the pressures of life and focus on what is important.

Oftentimes self-care is becomes distorted. We live in a society where we must personify perfection:

  • We wear makeup to cover the flaws in our skin, which gives the appearance of flawlessness.
  • We wear girdles and waist trainers to give the appearance of the perfect physical shape.
  • We wear high heels to give the appearance of confidence, beauty, and class.
  • We take countless pictures with our camera phones to capture the perfect pose to post on social media, but for what reason and for who?

Most would reply to this question by saying it is because they want to, but consider this: May be you saw someone else doing these things and thought it was cute or cool. I know when I saw my mom put on her heels, as a child I would go in her closet and pick out the shoes that I said would be mine when I became an adult. I would then ask if she would keep them so I could wear them. When Momma wore heels with her dress, she looked confident. Her legs looked more toned and lean. She just looked good!

Perhaps You saw someone do something and their appearance influenced you, insomuch that you decided to try out these ideals yourself, thinking it would lead to a better you or a better representation of you. 

The changes described are temporal. When I take off my platform wedges, I am still five-feet-six-inches tall, take it or leave it. When I unwrap that girdle from around my waist, sucking in the pounds acquired from being pregnant five times, everything falls back to its original shape. Honey, when I take off the eyeliner, my eyes return to their natural puffy state.

We do all this for a better representation of ourselves, but what have we done to our spirit to give a better representation of Jesus?