What is stilling your peace? You know during this soul fast that (I am in my fourth week by the way) there was section where peace of was the characteristic. It made me think about what disturbs my peace. I have the tendency at night when I lay down to rehash the whole day over in my mind as if I can change anything that happened at that point. I did discover, however that there were some common themes.
What is disturbing your peace is it a child, spouse, your job and for those who are willing to admit it, let’s face it ministry can disturb your peace because ministry people and sometimes we worry about those that God has placed in our care. Some of us are trying to carry others burdens and they are happy to let you do it. I found a lot of the things that disturb me are usually the things I have not given over to God because somehow I think I can change it by thinking on it all the time. How crazy does that sound? Now some of us have heard I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he caresfor you.”(NIV) Often times we do not apply this to our life the way we should.
Psalm 55:22 says “Cast your careson the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”(NIV) If we let him have all those issues or concerns like me that run through your mind at night it says he will not let us be shaken or disturb. Let’s be like Jesus when he rebuked the wind and waves and said, “Peace be still” and everything ceased and there was a great calm.
I want you to think about whatever consumes your thoughts and you may have to rebuke some thinks but command it all to be still so that your peace (sense of calmness) will be restored. More than likely while we thinking on it God has been trying to give us the answer and we can’t hear it. I know about you but I am looking to be free in every area of my life and that means care-free. Until next time get your peace back.
If you are experiencing your own personal wilderness like the children of Israel, you have become discourage. In my devotional time, I read a story that Satan had a business and he was selling hatred, envy, jealousy, deceit and discouragement. When Satan was asked why he sold discouragement at a higher price, Satan replied, “because it is more useful to me than any of the others.”
Don’t be discourage look up to Jesus who redeemed you, healed you, and set the captives free. Be encouraged that where you are now is just a preparation for where you are going.
Mediate on this: Psalm 91: 1-4 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save youfrom the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
When my husband speaks of his childhood as a boy, he talks about all his broken bones and injuries that came from the “crazy things” that he did along with his brother. His parents would take them to the doctor or hospital to get them patched up and they would eventually heal. To this day the scars maybe visible but the pain no longer exists.
I have never had a broken bone but a broken heart is something I know all too well. When I was a girl my father said words to me that not only broke my heart but for a time they contributed to who I had become. I was someone who struggled with needing to be the best and needing the approval of others. I was bitter at times, longing for my father’s love. One day had the opportunity to meet a Savior name Jesus, it wasn’t overnight but the more I allowed His love for me inside. He began to erase the negative words and replace them with words of affirmation with His love and His word. Because of God’s love I am no longer seeking the approval of others; I am just seeking my father, God daily. I am now know exactly who I am and I am encouraged daily to be authentically who He created me to be. He healed my broken heart. Psalm 147 says, “Heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.”
God is no respect of persons so whether, you have some broken bones or a broken heart God wants to heal you. He is the master physician who gave the gift to the one who resets the bone or stitches the wound but only He has the power to mend the heart which is broken and wounded. My prayer for you is that you would allow Him to bring the inner healing to your heart and live the life He created for you. Now here is the challenge, try Him, trust Him and I promise you can’t lose because in Him we win!
I love my mornings this is my quiet time before the family gets up and starts stirring. I spend time with God and get a good cup of hot coffee. I may listen to music or just spend time in deep reflection. This is just one of those mornings where I am reflecting on this past year as we approach a new year.
I have truly been blessed and I am not saying there have not been trials but I am focusing on how good God has been to me. This morning I am thinking particular about the women who God has brought into my life. Some of them were there as encouragers and teachers and for others I was their encourager and teacher but no matter what the relationship I have gotten just as much as I have given. Some of these women are survivors, spiritually mature or babes in the Lord. Whatever, there situations they are uniquely created by God and their destinies await them.
I have no idea what your past year has been like but I want to encourage you that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made and God knows your end from the beginning. He is always on your side and He will never leave or forsake you. I would also encourage you to embrace the encouragers and teachers that God sends you in this New Year some will only be there for a season but are part of your journe
My wish for you in the New Year and that you will find peace in our God and joy in everyday. Embrace your journey with all the bumps on the way because it is all for your good and you will be come all that He has created you to be , a woman authentic in her God.
Thanksgiving has come and gone. Christmas Day is rapidly approaching and some of us are busy preparing despite the economy, it is a joyful time for most us. I am reminded even in my daily work and ministry that there are those for whom this time of year is difficult. I know there have definitely been some tough times in my life. Today, I am reminded of the goodness and faithfulness of our God to get us through any situation. I met a woman a few days ago whose husband committed suicide just a few months ago. As she fought back tears, she was in awe of the grace of God which is keeping her. Maybe you are like this woman it may be hard right now but I want to encourage you take inventory of every blessing and to recognize despite it all God is still good. If people, your heart or your flesh has failed, God never will. He loves you, He wants to heal you and comfort you. Remember it is not about what we have or about what we have loss; it is the goodness of the Lord that sustains us.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:12-14
Ladies, I want to pose a question to you, who are the voices in your life? When we think of a hissing sound we associate it with the sound that a snake makes and most people view snakes with a negative feeling. So my sisters, consider this thought was not Eve deceived by a snake. Eve allowed the snake to talk her out what she knew to be true. Some of us have allowed people to speak in our ears such negative and condescending words that we start to believe what we know is not true.Let’s look at the relationships in our lives there are some people who we enjoy being around, they are encouraging, uplifting, good listeners and funny. Then there are those who are always putting us down, never have a positive word to say and we are miserable just being around them. Which person would you like to be around the most? Unfortunately, some of the negative people are those who are very close to us a spouse, a parent, a sibling or someone who you may have considered a friend. Some of you who are married maybe that person is a spouse and some you feel like prisoner in your own home. There are some who have a parent that you have been trying your whole life to please and no matter what you do it will never be good enough. God never wants us to become a slave to someone else and I say slave, because a slave is not free. Submission does not mean door mat. You should never let anyone wipe their feet on you. God says that I am head and not the tail, above and not beneath so I am no one’s mat for their feet.We are gifted and anointed to do something of great impact in this world, so we must be careful who we allow in our ears. Just because someone is talking doesn’t mean you have to listen, especially if it is not adding, but subtracting from your life. I heard my pastor say this week that Martin Luther King once said, “it is not what someone calls you, it is what you answer to”. My hope is that you will answer to the call of God. He calls you a conqueror. You are victorious and you are created in his image. You are a queen, Esther waiting to be released. Let me hear from you.In Every Women there is an Queen (Esther)Rosalindwww.berelease.com
I would like to talk about developing your dream team, a team of people who can surround with prayer, advice and mentorship. I would like to discuss how to develop your God given gifts and talents. Some of you may be well aware of some of your gifts and talents and some may be thinking well I don’t have any specific gift or talents. I believe we all have them. You know as we are growing in childhood sometimes our parents notice certain things about us and that help us to cultivate those areas. Some of you may have been told by parents or others growing up that they don’t see anything that you can do. Please know that they were not telling the truth because they couldn’t recognize their on gifts, talents or abilities, they did not have the ability to recognize what was inside of you.
While I was at my conference last week, I heard an inspirational story from the NC Teacher of the Year in her opening session keynote address. I want tell the whole story but what was so significant about her story was that a teacher made her feel bad about herself because of her socio-economic status. When the principal decided that the class that she was in was a little over crowded, she was one of the children picked to go to a newly formed class. This teacher saw potential in her and her ability to write and she encouraged her. This teacher moved away and when she became NC teacher of the year she began to look for this teacher to thank her for what she did for her. She had a chance to thank her on the Good Morning America, it was a beautiful reunion. It made me think of people who have encouraged me, saw potential and helped pull it out of me.
God knew all along what he called me to do and I look back now on the people who God use to prepare me for things to come. I don’t think I would have begun to recognize a lot about myself, if I didn’t first accept him in my life and then set out to know all I could about Him. Some of your gifts and talents may be singing, dancing, hospitality, writing, listening, etc. I could name so many more that apply to many of you. It is so important that you are in church where the word going forth helps pull your potential out of you. Hopefully, there is someone on your dream team who is mentor and can help you recognize them. Lastly, it is important that you use them. It is just like faith; you have to use your faith in order to increase in faith.
I know that have not given you scripture from the word of God and there are plenty examples in God’s word of gifts and talents of individuals being displayed. I want you to begin to think about all those things that you are good at doing. Most of us know what they are and it is not arrogance to acknowledge, this is gift, talent, ability or skill. Pray ask for the opportunity to us what he has given you and you will be surprised of what comes out of you. Be Blessed my Sisters.