I don’t want to seem like a loser who is completely delusional and shows love to people who don’t really care, but what if that is what’s recquired of me?
I am frustrated with the way things have gone in the challenge (all this time I thought it was uploading to actual website and it wasn’t [hey, I’m not perfect!]), I need to get a new part for my computer that I don’t have money for, and I haven’t heard back from any of the job inquiries I sent out, But “this is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!”
Here’s a mini challenge for you. When things get tough, and your day is not going as planned, say what is wrong out loud, then say, THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE! I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT! That is some of my Sunday School Teacher coming out, but I tell you, screaming your praises is very cathartic. Every time I say “Hallelujah!” even when I don’t feel like it, a bit of my strength (or if you are baptist “ma hehlp”) comes, and I am able to better face what is ahead.
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When you are tempted to feel pressure about your personal growth, realize that day by day you are being transformed in Christ!
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Today I began Joyce Meyer’s New Day, New You Plan on YouVersion. It has already blessed me by giving me the word I needed for today! I was just talking about how I don’t know how to treat rude people. When someone goes out of their way to be unkind or say something negative, I just tend to act like they don’t exist. I never engage them in a negative or positive way. I am actually queen of the blank “I don’t hear or see you” face. I’ve perfected it over the years. But what am I supposed to do when that person is in my church community? Or my workplace? or somewhere else that I have to interact with them every day? My mother’s advice was to show them love. My answer was, I can’t. Because if I even acknowledge this person’s presence I will punch them or worse let my sharp tongue do its worst (Trust me I have a little bit [okay a lot] of mean girl in me and my insults are much worse than a punch). I just wasn’t sure I had enough willpower in me to to resist getting a few (excuse the term) licks in.
Then I read today’s devotional and Joyce agrees with me. I do not have enough willpower to do it. So I can keep ignoring people right? Here’s a quote from the reading.
We are never instructed to be willpower-led, we are told to be spirit led…Determination gets you started and keeps you going for a while, but it is never enough to bring you across the finish line.
The problem is I tried to be kind and loving in my own strength. If I live in the spirit, I will not only be able to resist that last piece of cake when I know I’m not hungry; I will also be able to show love even when I really don’t want to. Are you praying for me? Good because I need it! Be spirit-led today!
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Today was a special service at my church called “Platform Service” in which each of the pastors and ministers at my church get up and preach on a select verse of the main chapter they are all given. They only have 5 minutes each (otherwise it would be a very long service), but they speak so profoundly that it ministers to our very souls! Today’s passage was Philippians 3:12-17. I will never look at that scripture the same way! Each minister had a different word that spoke to my life and where I am as a believer. The main thing I took away from the service is to keep pressing in spite of [insert roadblock here]. We get so hampered by our pasts, by our fears, by our current problems, that we forget what it means to press. One of the ministers said, “We aren’t called to hang on, because if you hang to long eventually your arms will get tired, but we are called to press on. Because Pressing builds strength!” I don’t have it all together (If you have read any of my other posts you would know that), But I press on!
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Sorry I haven’t been posting on the blog: computer issues smh. but I have still been posting every day on my instagram! Don’t forget to check it out for my process videos! Blessed literally translated means happiness. Praising God for what he has done in my life is in direct correlation with my happiness. Choose to walk in the light!
Am I the only one who has to be careful with social media (Instagram in particular)? So many beautiful pictures of beautiful people… So many filters. It is easy to forget that is all perfectly captured but exactly perfect. In our culture we put such a high premium on appearance, that I often find myself thinking about improving my looks more than I care about improving my character. Scary. Just about every woman in my church knows about and aspires to be the “Proverbs 31 Woman.” The perfect wife, perfect mother, etc. but verse 30 is really what it all comes down to: A woman who fears the Lord. Stop worrying about your cellulite we ALL have it. Stop trying to be the smartest, the sexiest, the [insert whatever adjective is important these days]est. When you put God first, you become a beauty that lasts. Don’t forget to check out my instagram for the process video!