Sunday Devotional: 2/10/19

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” ~ Psalm 138:13-14

 

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Sunday Devotional: 2/3/19

If the night is long for you, whatever the reason, I found a neat article tonight that I hope will help. It lists several Bible quotes that remind us who is in charge and who is taking care of us..

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-to-comfort-you/

A couple of standouts for me that were listed in the article:

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8

“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

God bless and good night!

Weekly Motivation Post: 1/30/19 Activity Challenge

I just saw a video from Steve Harvey on Youtube that motivated me to make this post. Not only did I feel the call to share this message today, but I needed a way to make up for not making my Sunday Devotional post. I’m starting to think I should do the dovotional posts not neccessarily on every Sunday, but whenever I feel like God’s telling me something. As we know, that can be at any time. Anyway, the video is below.

You can watch it in its entirety first if you prefer. Otherwise, I will paraphrase what he says in this short speech. As you can see, the title of this video reads “Are your prayers too small? Use these Scriptures.” When I first read it, I asked myself if my prayers lately have been like that — too small. Of course, that’s a silly question for me to ask myself; because I already know the answer. I was also curious to know which scriptures might help me out with this.

As I watched, Steve said there are two scriprures, or Bible quotes, that help out in this scenario. The first one: “You have not, because you ask not.” So simple. He then gave his audience some examples of small prayers, being things we pray for that perhaps we find a way to get on our own: Paying the rent, fixing the car. Steve said, “If you up your ask, He ups His give. That’s His promise…

“Why don’t you ask God for a car that don’t need fixin’?” See, the point of prayer is to reach higher. We are, after all, praying to a higher power. It’s supposed to be about something we don’t think we can get on our own. Yet, Steve’s point is that we don’t understand how it can be achieved, so therefore we don’t pray for it. I have to say that’s eye opening for me. Each of us has a desire that’s bigger than us, something we fear because it’s most important to us and yet we know we might not ever get it. We pray for our dreams, for example, or the health of our loved ones, or strengeth during really hard times. That’s the point in prayer. We have to realize that because of the fact that our individual selves can’t recieve it, our God will retrieve it for us — if we are patient and our requests aren’t just self serving.

The second scripture Steve gave: Habakkuk 2:2. He says it twice in the video, but I have actually never heard of it before. I had no idea this chapter existed in the Bible. Until today. And it really wrapped up what Steve was saying to his audience. The way he delivered it inspired me to break out my journal and write down the prayers that were in my head, my requests to God. Not only that, though, I wrote down that entire section of the bible in context:

“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” ~ Habakkuk 2:1-3

 

Alright. Now, I challenge you, reader, to join in on this activity. Write down your prayers for God, any and all that you have. What’s something you wish for, that’s a little bigger than rent or mortgage? Let go of the how-to’s and give it to Him. Then just humor him and have patience. If you’re not amazed by what will result, you have my permission to unfollow this blog if you already are following it and never read my works again. Have a blessed day!

Sunday Devotional: 1/6/19

Happy New Year! For this week’s second edition of the Sunday Devotional, a passage for you from Proverbs 23:9…

“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.”

 

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What a lot of people still don’t realize is that the Bible has many words of wisdom in it that anybody can apply to their everyday life. My take is that in that way, it’s unlike any other religious book out there. The lesson that can be taken from Proverbs 23:9 is that some people, no matter how hard you try, are set in their ways and cannot be taught differently, even when they’re wrong. You may know something that they don’t know, but they don’t care. They will not see you when you take action and set an example. They will not hear you no matter how clearly you explain to them why they are wrong. The problem with fools — or ignorant people — is that they believe they already have enough wisdom or at least more wisdom than you. Ignorance is an unfortunate condition of the mind, like having blinders up while driving. For too many people, this is a permanent condition.

Therefore, what God is telling us here is don’t bother trying to show a fool/ignorant the light. Trying to will only result in a waste of your own precious energy. Leave it up to God — because yes, some people change, but on their own accord. They only change the way they live their lives by acts of God known as miracles. The Lord blesses those who want to change for the better. You do not have that ability. So as soon as you discover the person you’re interacting with is an ignorant person, discontinue any argument or debate with them and if you must, walk away from them. Do not tell them that they are ignorant or use any other triggering language. Otherwise, things can get out of hand quick. After you’ve successufully done that, remember that not everyone can be saved. Remember too that the only thing that could have been accomplished was them bringing out the worst in you. We all get judged in the end. Just leave it at that.

Have a blessed day!

 

Sunday Devotional 12/30/18

I wrote this three years ago to a friend I had at the time. She was going through a hard time and it was causing her to have a negative outlook on life. She seemed to be forgetting about life’s greater purpose — or she never knew it. I wrote this to help her. Unfortunately, she did not see it that way and did not, it seems, accept my words as the truth. I found this in my archives today and with it being Sunday decided it appropriate to share with all of you… Hopefully this helps even just one person, the way it didn’t help my former friend.

Why must you torture yourself with these thoughts???
Don’t you know the devil speaks in your ear now, as you think this! Don’t you know your words are an echo of his. An echo. Nothing more.
AND DON’T YOU KNOW THERE’S A GREATER PLAN FOR YOU?!?! The Lord is good, almighty and powerful. He can do all things, He can even heal you. And He NEVER makes mistakes!
HE.
NEVER.
MAKES.
MISTAKES.
You are not an accident. Please know what I say is the truth. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. And put ALL your trust in Him.