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A light for my life

Stop trying to please man!!

Are you sitting there worrying about how someone is going to respond to you?  STOP

There are always going to be people around who take pleasure in finding what is wrong, in creating chaos where there is none, in making your life miserable because THEY themselves are actually the miserable ones.

Who will you ultimately be answering to?   I can guarantee that when your book of life is opened, they won’t be the ones reading it.

YOU are a child of GOD!!    Take your worries, your struggles, concerns- TAKE IT ALL to the one who created you and knows every hair upon your head.   You may not know or completely understand how God can handle your situation, but that is none of your business!!   Let HIM handle your situations.  Your job is to TRUST and BELIEVE.

I pray that this word has helped someone today.  Keep being a light to shine upon the world.   You never know how many people are being touched by your example.

Psalm 119:105 (KJV)–   They word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

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Finding Five Minutes

This morning, I realized that I don’t start my day out with God.   I wake up, realize I’m still exhausted, and then begrudgingly get out of bed and attempt to make myself look and feel human so that each task can be checked off in my planner.  Most of the time, though, I end up overwhelmed and discouraged.

I know me, and I know that I am not the person who will spend hours a day reading my Bible or committing to a devotional.  That’s pretty ironic since I wrote a devotional…  but anyway…  =)

I stumbled upon this website this morning, and this article hit my “AH-HA” nerve.  It’s just what I needed today to help me deal with everything that’s going on.  I hope you find it helps you to start out this week.   Blessings to you~ Angela Walsh

Full article found here —> Fighting Daily Discouragement- from 5 minutes for Faith

Excerpt by Dawn Paoletta:

There’s a saying about the little things in life. It’s the little things, so the saying goes that can end up being the big things. This can be true in relationships, careers, and attitudes. A teensy mouse can terrify a huge elephant, and so the story goes, one young man with the proper vision took down a giant who had defied armies. The unnoticed dripping faucet by day rings out like a maddening racket in the quietness of night, when one longs for quiet and sleep. It’s the little things we are thankful for, we rejoice in and the little things heaped upon us that can undo us in one moment.

It’s no wonder we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed when we deal with bits of discouragement daily. Who can avoid all negativity? 

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Ch. 3- Proverbs 3:34

The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.  

Those that are quiet, or unobtrusive, are often mocked and criticized for not joining the crowd.   Don’t be afraid to keep to yourself, or to be quiet when under attack.   The Lord sees and hears what is being done to you, trust Him to be in control.  


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Ch. 2- Mark 5:36

Mark 5:36

But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, don’t be afraid.  Just have faith.

Pray ~ Trust ~ Believe

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

What obstacles do you face when you try to give it all over to God?

God is big enough to create the world.

He’s definitely big enough to handle your life.

Believe.

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Ch 2- 2 Timothy 4:2-5

From Chapter 2- Faith and Perseverance

Stay focused on the one and only, Father God- remain humble and true to His word. Don’t be persuaded and charmed by those who use His word for their own good.    Times will be hard, you will feel overwhelmed, find a quiet space and spend time telling your concerns to God.   Time to create a war room!

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Jeremiah 29:11

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.

They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

You have a gift that was bestowed upon you even before you were placed on this earth.   The problem arises when we are taught to ignore those inherent feelings and listen to what society tells us is the appropriate path for our lives.

God has a reason for you to be here.

No one is greater, more special, or more deserving.

We all have a plan.

We all matter in the eyes of Father God.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself being happy.  What comes to mind when you think about this?

What comes to mind when you think about this?

Excerpt from Boss Lady Believer by Angela Walsh

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I Cry Out

Psalm 142:1-2 ESV

142 With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
    with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him;
    I tell my trouble before him.

Yesterday was a difficult day.  Something that I had been working on for months, did not work out as planned.  I thought I was dealing with the disappointment well, going through my daily routine, taking care of my family, laughing, baking, and watching a movie.  Yeah… I really wasn’t doing well at all.

Later in the evening, a friend called to tell me about a job opportunity that sounded perfect for me.  I was excited!  As she continued to speak to me, an overwhelming sense of dread came over me.  My chest tightened and I could feel the lump forming in my throat and tears invading my eyes.  After a year of trying to figure out how to find a job that worked around my chronic illnesses, that would allow me to rest when needed, I sat there and realized that I wasn’t going to be able to do this.

Although the qualifications are there, the hours are whatever I decided they would be, and it involves helping children, it’s not the purpose God has placed on my heart.  That alone, made me curl up on the couch and want to give up.  A job that will provide food, clothing, and shelter for my family is not what I am supposed to do right now, and I was devastated for a few hours.  But then, two friends reached out to me in the late hours of the evening.

These two ladies made me realize that all is not lost.   I need to be strong and have faith.  At a time when I was crying out to God to show my family relief from this turmoil, stress, and suffering, He sent these two angels to me to tell me that it was going to be okay.

I still don’t know what today, tomorrow, or next week will bring.  I still struggle with trying to figure how in the world I’m going to buy my family food and clothing for the cold spell that’s about to hit us.  But, there is peace in knowing that when I cry out to God, he has set people in my life to send me a message of reassurance, that I am supposed to be working for HIM, and that He will not forsake me.

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Never Forget

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NIV 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

How many times do we struggle and cry out to God to help us, only to forget about Him once things in life start becoming positive?  I can say that I am so guilty of this.  I become intwined among the daily activities and prosperous moments that I don’t take time to thank the one that got me there.

I’ve been disciplined so many times by my Father God.  The blessed times were amazing- with the ability to provide for my family, enjoy fine things, buy whatever I wanted, whenever I felt like it.  It was so easy to become caught up in material desires, and it was so difficult to be satisfied with what I had, and not long for the “better things” that those around me were obtaining.

Once again, I am at a point in my life where everything has been lost.  I’m battling chronic illnesses, attempting to find the energy to complete simple tasks, and watching as my husband and children struggle each day with basic needs.

I don’t believe that God wants us to hurt like this.  I believe He is a parent that longs for his children to succeed and prosper.  However, like children, we take for granted what is provided to us and forget to keep a thankful heart.

Wherever you are at in life right now, stop for a moment.  Close your eyes.   Breathe in the fresh air and start thanking your Father for surrounding you with air, clothing, shelter, food, and other people who care for you.

Look at the simple things and thank Him.

Look at the major blessings in your life and thank Him.

Look at your struggles, and thank Him because they make us stronger.
Thank Him

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