Daily Devotional – 9/25/17 “What are you speaking?”

Another Monday and somebody opened their eyes in a messy mood. The covers weren’t even thrown back and you were already cursing the day. Feet barely touched the floor and you were already complaining. You didn’t even make it to the bathroom before you started dreading what the day would bring. Well, can I tell you something? You may not be able to change the outcome of your day but you sure can change how you approach it. See, I woke up still dealing with sinus issues yet my coworker called me “spirit-ty” not because I feel great but I choose to act like I do. Yes, I can complain and act like I physically feel but what good will that do? I still have to work, I still have a family to take care of, I still have grocery shopping to do, a son to pick up and dinner to cook and somewhere along the way I’ve got to encourage somebody. So while I could allow the ‘Monday blues’ to attack me, I will not. Instead, today I am speaking greater things. Today, I am seeking bigger things. And today I am expecting an extraordinary display of God’s power, in my life. What about you?

The bible says we are clay jars who hold the light of God within us and although, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).” Yes, we live in a world that sees more evil every day. Yes, our bodies are being attacked by sickness and diseases. Yes, we are losing our sons and daughters. Yes, marriages are being taken for granted. Yes, the bible is not being taken seriously. Yes, there are worship places that have no glory of the Lord. Yes, there are false prophets. Yes, some people of God are silent. Yes, we are being tormented. The bible even says in 2 Corinthians 4:11-12, “Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.” Even after all that BUT, “But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke (2 Corinthians 4:13).” What are you speaking today?

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Daily Devotional – 9/14/17 “Do a little at a time!”

My husband and I have been going to the gym, together, for about a month now. One of the machines I have tried to stay away from is the stair stepper. That machine, oh my God! Who would have thought a machine that looks as easy as walking stairs, could take your breath away? I mean, it looks easy. It’s just stairs. Right? Baby, you will need water, towel and oxygen; fooling around with this machine. However, I will not be defeated by it so I have decided to do a few minutes every day until it is no longer a challenge. Is it hard? Heck yes but it’ll be worth it. And I am sharing this, for somebody who is looking at something challenging and trying to decide if you can do it. Beloved, don’t try to conquer it at once; do a little at a time. Going back to school, take one class. Joining the gym, do 30 minutes. Paying off debt, take one bill. Losing weight, take away one bad thing. Do a little at a time. Who can eat a pie without first cutting a slice and then taking a bite? Who can build a car without putting the first screw into the metal? Who can build a house without first cutting the wood? Do a little at a time.

Whether you know this or not, you cannot do it all. If you want to learn to cook, start with the basics. If you want to be in leadership, start with learning how to follow direction. If you want to pastor a church, learn how to first be a parishioner. If you want to open a business, learn how it is done. Yes, you jump head first but that may not work out so well especially when you have bitten off more than you can chew. Do a little at a time until you have mastered that and then add more. Taking on too much can cause injury. You can overwork a muscle, like your jaw muscle, trying to talk yourself out some stuff. You can put too much stress on your organs, like your heart and brain trying to do too much. You can wear yourself out, trying to consistently go when your body is saying not today. Stop trying to do so much. Do a little at a time and then add to it. This way you will actually enjoy what you are working towards instead of it becoming a daunting task you hate. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 2:22-24, “So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless. So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.”