Why won’t you pray? God hears you! He promised that he would!

Jer 1:12…….. “I am ready to perform My Word.”

Jn 16:24……. “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Mt 21:22………”…whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Jer 33:3……… “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things…”

Jn 14:14…….. “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

Jn 16:23…….. “…whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”

Jas 5:16…….. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Job 22:27…… “You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you…”

1Jn 5:14…….. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

1Jn 5:15…….. “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Jn 14:13…….. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Isa 55:11……. “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Jn 15:7………. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

Mt 18:18…….. “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Mt 18:19…….. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

Jn 15:16…….. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

Jer 29:12…….. “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”

Isa 65:24…….. “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are speaking I will hear.”

Ps 91:15…….. “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.”

Ps 141:2……… “Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

Challenge your thinking!

Yesterday I realized that we needed toilet tissue, paper towels, bath soap, body lotion, dish washer pods and make-up remover all at the same time. I was ready to whine and complain about needing all of those things (which are luxuries) at the same time and then I quickly remembered the times when needing all of that would have sent me into a crying frenzy because I knew that I couldn’t afford it. Gratefulness began to flow from my heart and fall from my lips! We really only have seconds to re-evaluate our thinking about any thought that appears in our sick minds. We have to determine quickly if our thoughts are pleasing in God’s eyes and representative of a grateful son or daughter.

Today I was able to share a testimony with a single mother about my experiences as single mother and all that I’ve allowed the Lord to rescue me from. I recalled how I was delivered from unforgiveness in my heart for my daughter’s absent father. This allowed my heart to be fertile ground for God to do a new work in me. I was delivered from over-compensating as a parent. I thought that I could fill a void in my daughter’s life with stuff and dragging myself into the ground doing the job of two people without seeking the strength of the Lord or HIS wisdom to know better. As a single mom, I had to change my mind about my divine role as a parent. I had to make a decision that my thoughts were only tripping me up and frankly delaying the development of my daughter’s personal relationship with God.

The start of the work weeks are always challenging for me. My energy level is low and my motivation gets off to a slow start. My weeks only become better and successful when I begin to remind myself that Mondays also matter to God and that work is important to him and has been since Genesis chapter 1. Wherever the Lord has me, I have a purpose there and a difference to make and the wrong thinking will cause me to miss chances and opportunities to edify HIS kingdom.

The bottom line here is that we have to challenge our thinking. Let’s face it, our thoughts are not always Godly. There is no shortage of distractions surrounding us. Life is tough and Mondays come around every week…if we’re blessed to see them. Our minds need constant chastisement and correction. Challenging ourselves to have the right positive thinking is a job in itself but it’s a job with great rewards and benefits.

In ALL things give thanks. Challenge your mind to give thanks no matter what!

Emptiness is a good thing

As believers seeking the will of God for our lives, we must be careful to not become full of things that we cannot control and to remain empty so that God has room to do his work. If there is no room for Him, He cannot fill us with what we need. When a glass is already full, you cannot pour anymore in. When a glass is completely empty from the start, there is more room available for filling. If we’re not careful our hearts can become hard and our necks can become stiff from having a bulls eye focus on how things look.  We can become unconsciously disobedient and deaf to the voice of God; already full leaving no room for the love of God to do its work. Sometimes we can become sensationalized with our pain to a point of no return. It’s easy to become hypnotized by the circles that life from a natural perspective takes us in. The only way to avoid this is to make it a daily habit to become empty. We have the gift of confession and repentance all day long. We can stay empty; it’s a good thing. If we empty ourselves to the best secret keeper there is, He will fill us up with exactly what we need. Have you prayed about it as mush as you’ve talked about it? Have you forgiven others the way that God forgives us daily? Give mercy the way that we receive it. Realize the supernatural implications regarding what you’re going through. There is a plan in place and a finished product in the making. What do you do when you get stuck in your feelings? Empty them out. Holding them in is dangerous. There are many of us screaming on the inside from the pain and heaviness of trying to bear what is never meant for us to bear. What also happens in this vicious cycle of being full is that we become bitter and frankly near impossible for others to deal with. We become self-absorbed and unable to recognize who we’ve become. Do you feel full-but still empty? That’s the primary result of pseudo fullness and spiritual numbness brought on by “handling” things the way that we’ve always handled them. In this season of newness that is upon us, I encourage you to remain an empty vessel. Confess always. Repent often. Forgive quickly. Pray constantly. Talk about your problems less. Put on the garment of praise. Let your words be uplifting to yourself and to others. Spend quality time with our creator-in silence. Emptiness is a good thing!

Strength Training

I personally despise working out. I don’t like the gym. Remaining disciplined is a real struggle for me. I love potato chips, popcorn and french fries and I can come up with a thousands reasons why I don’t have time to go to zumba tomorrow. After much self-evaluation over the years that I’ve attempted to create a healthy lifestyle, I’ve discovered that I dislike it so much because of my lack of consistency. I have not established enough strength to make the workouts seem less brutal. I have not established enough of a routine to make healthy eating a part of my lifestyle. Every workout is a beast to get through and my healthy eating is often interrupted by emotional eating. This revelation is also a great reminder that we also have to build up our spiritual strength so that every moment of adversity is not such a beast to get through. Our lack of consistency can cause us to be weak and give into the weight of our trials and tribulations. Our attempts at establishing a spiritual routine or lifestyle can easily be interrupted by our temporal emotions. We lose site of our eternal guarantee. I am encouraged today to remain spiritually strong at all cost. And even though the strongest of us still have our moments, we won’t stay there long because having a spiritual mind won’t allow us to. Having a mind stayed on Jesus Christ and all that he has done for us will put the focus and attention back where it belongs. Being spiritually fit will narrow our thinking about the weight of our trials and tribulation and broaden our view about who God is. Having a spiritual routine of prayer, fasting, worshiping and studying the word of God will push us to lean on the only one that guarantees that he can deliver us from all things. So as we enter this passion week, be strong and courageous. Develop your spiritual muscles and put the focus back where it belongs. Just as we fall off of the healthy wagon in the natural, we will slip up and fall short spiritually as well. Just don’t fall off totally. Get back to building your spiritual strength quickly, you’ll be better off for it!

All you have to do is say yes!

I vow to stop saying no to life. I’m learning more and more that every encounter matters. In this season in my life my eyes are peeled, my ears are unplugged and my heart is open to receive every door or window that God opens just for me. I no longer fight where I am in life because I’ve concluded that everyday brings me a new purpose. I have, we have a new purpose to fulfill each and every day. In order to identify these purposes it’s necessary to adjust our mindset so that we do not despise small beginnings. I appreciate that every step is a step in the right direction; forward. Some days our steps will bring us to a place that is not so glamorous but if we pause and realize that there is something to be valued in that not so desirable place. There is a lesson to be learned in that mistake. There is an opportunity to mentor, encourage or offer advice to that waitress that was mean to you. There is a chance to be the light in a dark and gloomy place. The sooner that we accept the places that each day takes us to as a NOW PURPOSE, the closer we get to the next purpose. It’s when we diminish opportunities to be purposeful daily that we delay our next step, our peace and/or our ability to past the test. Be encouraged to use each day as a text book. If you didn’t learn something today, then you probably didn’t pause long enough to identify that you were being taught. Maximizing these moments will also come from a desperate longing to develop, to learn, to make a difference or to be the best that you can possibly be every day. Are you challenging yourself to embrace the difficulties? Is there an unction pulling at your heart or at your soul? Do you have a feeling of emptiness or a feeling of being incomplete?   I’ve experienced all of those feelings. It wasn’t until I said yes to purpose that those feelings no longer had power over me. It wasn’t until I said no to feeling comfortable all of the time that those emotions became permanent motivation instead of temporary moments of despair. The more I engaged with life, the more life engaged with me! Take a leap of faith and just say yes!