Don’t Do What They’re Doing!

Recently, I’ve been studying how to listen to the voice of God. I’m working to train my ears to always hear Him in the midst of everything. I know that God is always speaking, my issue is always hearing.

Today, in an attempt to rush to my vehicle I decided to follow a tall gentleman and hop over some mud that stood between me and my car. Now, please understand that I stand at all of 5′ 3″.😁 Needless to say, I almost made it, except that my flip flop slipped and muddy water splashed all over me. Gross! 😵🤮🥺

I’m sorry to say that I had a melt down. Although not as bad as I would have years ago, thanks to some needed maturity! (Thank You God!). I wiped off what I could while moving the car to another location.

A little while later I was able to clean some of the dirt off of me. While dreaming about the shower that I would take as soon as I got home, I began to think about the situation. I started speaking to the Holy Spirit, asking, “why did I do that?”

The answer came immediately. “Why were you doing what they were doing?” (Two people had jumped over the mud). I became convicted. I can’t do what other people do. I can’t live like others live.

What would have happened if I stopped and prayed about it? It would have taken a moment to hear God say to walk around. The area is always muddy and I ordinarily walk around. Why did I decide to follow the crowd?

I’m learning to depend on God and not on myself and here was a classic example of the simplicity in doing so. I had to wait for my appointment while being mud-drenched and dirt streaked.

How often do we do something without seeking God? What are the consequences of not taking the time to listen? How much better would life be if we would just listen?

Are we still following the crowd? How’s that working for us? Does it lead us down the wrong path?

Are we afraid to walk on our on fearing that we will stand out?

Here’s what the Bible says…

Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord . Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
2 Corinthians 6:17 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/2co.6.17.NLT

God has placed in you a temple where He can live. When we accept Him into our lives we are changed. Think about it, police officers shouldn’t act like criminals and criminals don’t act like the police. Caterpillars turn into butterflies and never return to crawling. After they learn to fly they continue to fly for the rest of their life.

Here’s another…

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/1pe.2.9.NLT

We are just not the same anymore. Especially, if we’ve surrendered or lives to Christ. A change takes place. It’s an immediate change that continues to grow in us.

If we learn to embrace the fact that we’re changed and are, in fact, changing, it begins to resonate in our minds and in our actions.

I’m still learning and definitely still growing. I have found God to be the greatest Father because He shows His patience through our process. He’s wonderful!

I don’t know what you are experiencing today, but let me encourage you. Don’t do what they’re doing. Speak openly and honestly with God, your Father. After you’ve poured out your heart before Him, listen. I mean, stop what you’re doing and really LISTEN. He’s going to say something to you and no matter what it is, IT’S GOING TO BLESS YOU.

10 Ways to Deal With A Loved One’s Depression

What do you do when your loved one is depressed?

How do you handle the emotions that are felt and easily seen?

10 Ways

  1. Pray for their heart and mind.  Understand that they’re fighting a battle that is internal and the best way to help them is by bringing God on the scene so that He can work on them.
  2. Ask how much space they need.  Making the decision or knowing just what they need at the time that they need it is so important for what they’re going through.  It doesn’t hurt to ask simple questions.
    1. Do you want me to stay with you?
    2. Do you need a little time?
  3. Protect your heart.  Find or schedule some time to do something that you will enjoy.  Take some time for yourself so that they’re depression doesn’t overtake or overwhelm you.
  4. Listen to them.  Listen to what your loved one says and watch what they do.  Sometimes their actions speak so much louder than their words.  Answer their questions before offering your own solutions.
  5. Get them outside.  Whether it’s for a walk, a quick trip to an uncrowded store or just to sit and catch some rays.  A breath of fresh air is vital.
  6. Encourage them to speak to a therapist.  To have an ear that can sift through what’s going on on the inside helps all of us.  Take the ride with them to the therapist’s office.  Offer to pay the co-pay.  Sit and wait for them or silently participate in the session, if allowed.
  7. Offer your assistance.  Offer to help clean the house, watch their children, cook a meal.  Offer to help and really help.  Do something that they can see.  It will eventually bring a smile to their face and they won’t forget it.
  8. Check on them.  Call or stop by.  Let them know that you are praying for them.  Listen and look for signs of improvement.  Let them know about the changes that you see.
  9. Be patient.  Someone’s been patient with you, even if it was someone other than who you expected.  Patiently be by your loved one’s side until they get through this time.
  10. Believe God for their mental health.  Have faith that God will bring them through this.  They need you right now and your faith definitely makes the difference.  Keep praying for them and believe and trust God for the greatest outcome.  Your loved one will be ok.

One day you will both look back on this time and see that you’ve made it.  Stay in their corner, praying and encouraging them to get to the other side.  By the way, God will reward you for hanging in there!

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Everyday With Jesus!

Everyday!

“Everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before”, was a song we used to sing growing up.  I believe that as we grow closer to God the lyrics of this song become a reality.  Each day becomes sweeter.  I’ve taken the last few weeks to mourn the loss of my Grandfather and now while I am still grieving, I recognize the need to do what I am called to do in God and that’s why I’m back with something new to help us grow in God.

April is here!

April is upon us and as I explained in a post last week, God dropped a jewel in my spirit.  The jewel was a new focus on scriptures for our everyday living.  It is so important to study the word of God on an everyday basis and the bible gives us further instructions for daily living.  This may sound overwhelming, but as we grow in God, we find that His yoke really is easy, as each instruction leads us into a life of peace, even while chaos may be all around us.

Everyday With Jesus!

Together We Can Do It!

I pray that you will take this journey with us during the month of April as we read, study, pray and meditate on these scriptures.  Share your thoughts, questions and testimonies with us.  Let’s do this together.

Stay tuned for the scriptures that we will look at together this month.  Until then, God bless you, God loves you and remember God Wants You Happy!

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What Are You Thinking?

What are you thinking about? What stays on your mind? Are you worried? Are you frustrated, stressed, tired, worn out, etc.?

Cast thy burden upon the Lord , and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psalms 55:22 KJV

Are you tired of being tired? Today I encourage you to change your thinking. Have faith and believe that God will take care of you.

Give your burdens to the Lord , and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Psalms 55:22 NLT

Can you let go of what you have been thinking? Do you want to be happy? Do you wasn’t to just let it go and live? I encourage you to be free! God wants to take care of you.

Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).
PSALM 55:22 AMP

God loves you and He wants you to be happy! Trust Him with all that you’re thinking.

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God’s Love Letter to You!

God loves you!
God cares about you!
God is concerned about you!
He wrote it in His letter to you,
Please read His love letter to you.
Talk to Him today and hear what He has to say,
He will speak through His love letter to you.

 

God's love letter

I Still Say, “Thank You”!

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18(KJV)
How can we say, “Thank You God”, about everything?  In my head, I hear voices saying,
But I feel so sad.
Nothing is working out for me.
I hate my life.
I don’t like how I’m treated.
I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know where to go.
I’m lost.
I have nothing.
Everything’s gone.
Everyone’s gone.
So how can I say, “Thank You God”?
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV)
Allow your faith to let this sink in.  Every.single.thing in your life is working for your good.  The roadblocks that you’ve experienced were and are lessons to help you get to where you are going.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (KJV)
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art here: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalm 139:8 (KJV)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 (KJV)
You CAN still say “Thank You God”, Thank You Lord”!  I’ll tell you why.  Things didn’t work out, but certain other things have worked out just right.  Everything doesn’t feel good right now, but you’ve felt good in your life and you will feel good again.  That problem hurt you real bad, but today you can lift your head up and say, “Thank You Lord”, because you aren’t hurting now.  Trust God to bring you through your situations.
Thank Him for what He’s about to do in your life!
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

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