Psalm 27:141
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

David almost seems to be convincing himself to wait on God in this verse! If you read the rest of the chapter he praises God, he pleads with God, he complains about his adversaries and then he reminds himself to wait on the Lord and to be strong. David knew how to be a godly man, it started with praise! David was known as a man of praise, remember when he ticked off his wife by dancing and singing in the streets? He reminded himself continuously of who God is and all the things God had done both for him and Israel! It is easier to wait on God if you are reminding yourself of who God is! When you remember that nothing is too difficult for the Lord and that He loves you and knows what is best because He is the only one who can see the Big picture, it is easier to wait on Him!

Are you full of praise today for who God is? When is the last time you truly poured your heart and soul into praising God? When you are at church have the words just been flowing out of your mouth without much thought? Praise God intentionally! Do it on purpose, with your whole heart, mind and soul! Turn on some worship music today and honor Him with your praise!

Pour your heart out to Him for all you are waiting on! Pray for the people around you! Pray for our government leaders, my word do they ever need it!! Pray for your pastor! Pray for whatever God lays on your heart to pray about, remembering who He is and thanking Him for His goodness and His answers!

Be strong today and let your heart take courage! The God of all is on it and He will see you through! You may not be able to see all the work He is doing behind the scenes but know that your waiting is not in vain! God will come through and you will be better on the other side if you will just be strong and wait on Him!

Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for David to wait on the Lord when He could have killed King Saul while King Saul was trying to kill him? Here David was having to hide in caves and run for his life because King Saul was jealous and wanting to kill him. It couldn’t have been easy to have him delivered into David’s hand and for David to sit back and wait for God to take care of Saul instead of just doing it himself. He had the ability but he didn’t act on it because he knew he needed to wait for God and His timing! Waiting on God isn’t always about the answer not being in front of you sometimes the answer is there but it just isn’t His timing! Pray for wisdom and strength because the best is yet to come!

“Failure is an event, not a person. So regardless of what happens to you along the way, you must keep on going and doing the right thing in the right way. Then the event becomes a reality of a changed life.” Zig Ziglar

Psalm 56:9
This I know, that God is for me.

Did you really know that? Do you really believe it? One of the greatest lies Satan likes to use is that God is somehow against you, that He doesn’t really want what is best for you and that He is holding something back from you. Stop and think for a second; why would God do that? Why wouldn’t He always want what is best for His children? Don’t buy Satan’s lies today, trust God and know that He is for you. No matter what you are facing or what you have done, God loves you, He wants to get you on track and He truly wants His best for you.

There are times in life that God’s best for you may be to grow you through tough circumstances so you can learn to trust Him and He can show Himself mighty in your life! No matter what you are facing though you can know that God is FOR you, He loves you and is working to make things right and to grow you into all you can be for Him! He will not leave you where you are, if you will trust Him to see you through to the other side!

Psalm 56:10 says, “In God whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” What are you afraid of today? There are situations that are truly fearful situations, but no matter what it is, you can know that God is for you and you can praise Him today because He loves you and will keep you safe. Pray for God’s protection and look to Him for guidance. There are situations that we need to get away from and God will guide you and protect you to get you safely out. Pray for God’s leading no matter what you face and He will show you the way. Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

If there is something you are called to do today and you feel as though the whole world is against you in your efforts, know that God is for you! God will provide a way where there is no way and He will lead you into all you are called to do. When you truly get ahold of the fact that God is for you, nothing can hold you back from all you were created to accomplish!

Trust God today no matter where you are in life. He will keep you safe, direct your steps, give you strength and wisdom for His will for your life, He has your back because He loves you and wants His best for your life! The best is yet to come!

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King

Psalm 18:19
He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

God does delight in you! Not just everyone around you, but you! God delights in you and He wants to rescue you from all that you are struggling with! God often allows struggles in our lives to grow us into all we can be so sometimes the answer isn’t to pull you out of what you are going through but to carry you through it!

No matter what you are facing, God is there! God is with us when we are on the “mountain tops” of life and He is with us in the valleys! The question for you is; will you allow Him to guide you through to the other side.

God wants to bring you into that “broad place” in life. A place where you have no walls holding you back, a place where you don’t have to hide. He wants to bring you to a place in life where you can be all He created you to be, that path isn’t always easy but it is worth it!

If you need rescuing today, don’t lose hope! Hold on to your faith in God and trust Him to bring you through! God loves you and cares about every single detail of your life! God created you for this moment and for this time, sometimes other people or addictions and struggles get in our way, but His plan will still prevail if you trust Him! Write these verses down and carry them with you today:

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope!”

Isaiah 40:31, “But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

This thing you are facing today, may be overwhelming, but trust Him to see you through! He loves you! He cares! He won’t let you down if you will just fully trust in Him to see you through whatever may happen and whatever you may face! Give it all to Him and trust that truly the best is yet to come!

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King

Word Check

October 6, 2015 — Leave a comment

Psalm 12:2-3
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips the tongue that makes great boasts those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us.”

Ladies, we need to give our words over to God! We need to be careful that the words spoken are words we don’t mind answering to God for. We hear over and over that our words can bring life or death to others and yet it takes making the decision to change our words and guard our tongue! Matthew 12:36 says, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,” Does that mean anything to you? Are you willing to continue on with the way you talk to and about others knowing you will stand before God one day and answer for it?

We are called as men and women of God to be different. 2 Cor. 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate,” saith the Lord, “and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Dare to be different! God isn’t going to excuse you because you use the excuse that you were raised that way. When we know something is wrong in our lives we are called to change them. We should never accept something as being ok for any reason if God has told us it isn’t.

God wants you to have His heart for other people! He wants you to care about that other person that doesn’t quite “measure up” to your standard ~ your standard needs to become His and if it isn’t you need to adjust yours! God’s desire is for others to see Him through you! Do they? Do you show His love to others by your words? Do your friends see how you talk to other ladies to their face and then hear you talk garbage behind their backs? If you have a problem with another lady, take it to her, not your friends. If you aren’t going to take it to her then don’t take it to anyone at all other than the Lord! Be a woman of your word! Be a lady that either speaks in kindness what she means or doesn’t say anything at all! There are times it is best to just hush! Don’t use terms like, “bless her heart” to be cruel or hateful and don’t use the fact that “I just speak my mind” to be heartless or cruel. Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Ask God today to show you if this is an area that you may need to work on! Give Him your words and ask Him to help you be all that He created you to be starting with your Words. Your words are coming from your heart so if you fix the heart condition, you will fix your words. We all have “heart conditions” we need to work on. None of us are perfect but that isn’t an excuse to allow it to slide. Pray today that God will shine through you and that your words will be an example to those around you!

“Reputation is what others think about you; character is what God knows about you.” Adrian Rogers

He Is Right By Your Side

October 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

How do you handle the tough times in your life? We all have them and trust me it is much easier to teach how to live through it than to actually live through it. None of us are exempt! Even when I talk to my mentor who is now in her 70’s I find she runs into struggles in life and heartache just like the rest of us, she always tells me, “Janet, we are never done experiencing struggles until we are in heaven, that is how we grow.” The important thing is how we handle it?
It seems as though when we are having a rough time with something going on in our lives that, that is when our friends seem distant and the enemy attacks. As women more often than not, the times we feel the most alone in our lives is when we are going through the valley of life. It may not always be reality that our friends have abandoned us and no one seems to care and they are more ridiculing than helpful, but sometimes we think it is because we are so down and aren’t sure where the safe place is.
It isn’t difficult to sing God’s praises when the bills are paid and the world all seems to be in order but how exactly do we find the ability to do that when nothing seems right? First, we have to stop talking about faith and start living it! When life seems to be pressing us down and we are carried beyond our threshold for pain we have to face the fact that in our own power we are unable to handle it.
The answers are found in remembering all God has done in the past, seeking Him in His word to find out even more of how He has helped others and remember His plan for your life.
In Hosea 4:6 God talks about the fact that the people were destroyed for a lack of knowledge. We need to study the word of God everyday but more than ever during our struggles. Reach out to God and allow Him to give you direction and the faith you need to continue. Never forget He has a plan for your life and He will bring it to pass. Hold on to Jeremiah 29:11

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Truman