Devotionals

Survival

Survival mode is like a gear. Sometimes we shift through it but we can’t stay there or we won’t move forward. Simply surviving can lead to apathy. Discontentment. Anger. It can lead to numbness of heart and mind and rob us of moments, relationships and opportunities. It may not be a natural instinct but there comes a time when we must choose joy. We must choose life. We must choose to praise Jesus through the pain. If we are going to reach our full potential and live the abundant life that He offers us, we must choose to trust His sovereignty in the unknown when we don’t feel the peace of the known.

Each of us has been, or will be, at a crossroad of emotions. Things happen that were not in our plans of perfection. There are speed bumps, road blocks, dead ends and construction on this crazy ride with the potential to make us or break us, as the saying goes. 

I beg you – don’t let it break you. Get up, stand strong, don’t quit. Your decision will affect you, your future and future generations. I think we often underestimate the power of our choices. Or maybe, rather, we simply don’t consider them. 

I don’t write this to speak at you but to talk with you and to share thoughts that God showed me when I found myself complaining to Him, “I’m in survival mode.”

We are not alone. With God’s help, we have the power to overcome. 

Be encouraged today with the words of Isaiah. He writes in chapter 40 verses 29-31, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 

Devotionals

Monday Prayer

Tonight I found a prayer I had written back in 2016. I thought I’d share as it’s relevant to 2020 as well.

“God, may we be a generation who purposefully pursues You. May the importance and absolute necessity of dwelling in Your presence be deeply rooted in our hearts. Help us not to be distracted by fears, entertainment or our busy lives.

We are desperate for You.

Teach us to use our words wisely, speaking when we need to speak and staying silent when we don’t. Let our conversation uplift others and honor You. 

Help us love others deeply. 

Give us courage to face whatever comes our way. Give us passion to declare Your Name. 

Keep us in tune to Your voice and sensitive to Your leading. Give us a willing spirit to follow. 

Prepare a way for us like you did for the Israelites in the desert, whether we are walking in the day or the night.

When discouragement and frustrations comes, give us fortitude to stand strong. Keep us faithful in an unfaithful world. Keep us grounded in truth while surrounded by deception. May we never set aside the armor of God.

May we never succumb to complacency but live our lives for the good of others and the building of God’s Kingdom.

Teach us to love, serve, care for, protect and honor those around us. May we be women of God who walk humbly, yet confidently, in who You have created us to be, knowing that You have a plan and purpose for us in this generation.”

Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Devotionals

Be Still

Noise. It’s so hard for me to silence it and extremely difficult for me to be still. I’m constantly striving, talking or wrestling with my emotions. I want rest but I feel stuck in chaos. In this season, my time is limited for creativity and the logistics of life feel like a labyrinth of dead ends. There is uncertainty and unknown around every corner. 

I’m easily frustrated and I’m totally dependent on the Holy Spirit to produce the fruits of His Spirit within me when my flesh fights to be center stage. And yet, when I think of things that really matter in life, I feel guilty that I’m so quick to complain. I’m surrounded by everyday blessings if I will just stop to recognize them. I must ask myself what I ask my boys each night, “What am I thankful for today?”

Can anyone relate?

In the midst of all of this, God’s word rings out to us all, “Be still and know that I am God.” We live in an unstable and changing world but we serve a stable and unchanging God. We must trust Him. Be still. Enjoy the moment. And remember that every day is a gift.