Gratitude

This is my prayer today and every single day:

-Always be thankful

-Always be grateful

-Always see the good

-Give everything for Christ who gave everything to me

“16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:16-17

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Slumps

Sometimes we slip into a slump so quickly that we don’t even realize we are sinking until we are sunk. If you’re currently trying to dig your way out of a sinkhole and not making any headway – give the shovel to God.

Give the shovel to God, and be thankful that you don’t have to do this alone. He wants to help us, but we have to let Him.

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”

– Psalm 40:2

I’m a Used to Be

God forgets the past.

Hallelujah.

We should, too.

Next time we hear a story of something amazing that someone is doing, let’s fight the urge to say [and think] the following words:

-I remember them from high school……

-Weren’t they the one that ……..

-Yeah, but their momma (daddy) did ….

-Yeah, but their kid did ……….

-They used to be…….

I’m going to be honest, I’m glad that I’m a used to be. That just means that God loved me enough to intervene. He loved me enough to say – woah, let’s do away with that path and start down this one.

He loves me, and He loves you.

Do you want to join me in being a “Used to Be”?

Message me. I won’t stop praying, and that’s a promise.

“Do not remember my youthful sins and transgressions; but remember me in light of your gracious love, in light of your goodness, LORD.” – Psalm 25:7

Your Worth is not in your Weight

Ladies, your worth is not in your weight. I used to struggle with this big time, so I get it. In high school I was too skinny. After I had my children I was too big. That’s according to the world’s standards – not God’s.

The devil would love for you to believe that if you were skinnier you could — fill in the blank. It’s time to stop this thinking in its tracks.

How many times have we:

Hesitated

Held back

Kept quiet

Tip-toed

Backed down

Lost an opportunity

All because we are insecure. God doesn’t care about the size of your body – He cares about the size of your heart.

It doesn’t matter if you’re big, small, or in between – you are God’s, and you are beautiful. He has equipped you to step out, speak up, and do mighty things in His name.

Your weight doesn’t make you inadequate.

Your weight doesn’t make you a Christian.

Your weight doesn’t define you.

God defines you, and God designed you. So, be confident, be healthy, and be bold.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Reactions & Reflections

Our reactions reflect our heart.

Ouch.

When the dog strews trash all over the place.

When your child brings home a bad grade.

Traffic.

A bad ball game.

Hurt feelings.

It’s easier to twist off than it is to hold your tongue. It’s easier to explode than it is to pause and keep your composure.

That’s why we need Jesus so desperately.

When things happen to us it’s important to remember that our reactions shouldn’t reflect other’s actions or how they made us feel; they should reflect our heart. That’s tough.

“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.” – Proverbs 27:19

God Can

 

I can’t, but God can.

When I want to say yes to the temptations of this world, God steps in and says no.

When I’m exhausted and can’t put one foot in front of the other, God gives me strength.

When I’m frustrated with the way things are going, God calms me.

When I feel like everything surrounding me is spinning out of control – including myself, God is stable.

When things are unraveling, God ties them back together again.

I can’t, but God can. I’m so glad.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

A New Creation

We all have ghosts – sins of the past that continue to linger day after day.

Ghosts that whisper you’re not strong enough. Ghosts that say you can’t overcome.

Ghosts that taunt you.

Ghosts that constantly nag, remind, and regurgitate the pain of days long gone.

It’s time to bury them for good, guys. The devil would love for you to believe that you still are who you used to be. Guess what? You’re not. You are a brand new creation in Christ Jesus.

From now on the only ghost I’m going to allow to whisper in my ear is the Holy Ghost. Can someone say amen?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17