Doing the opposite

Have you ever had a time where you could not get yourself out of a rut? I know it’s not a good feeling, but I’m thankful for the good days that outweigh the bad.  Getting oneself out of a bad place takes time and effort to say to self, “yes I can.” Lately, when I realize those moments of darkness try to consume I have said to myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philipians  4:13 NKJV.  There comes a point when all you can do is turn to God.  There is a song that I love, “Encourage Yourself,” that I am thankful to be reminded of during moments like these. It says, “speak over yourself, encourage yourself in the Lord”.  Sometimes we don’t know what to do when caught off guard, but remember you are not alone. Change the story and do the opposite.

-LaShondra Glover

Overflow

This weekend I went to help out my Mother-in-law as she was one whose house was affected by the recent flood. With all that had transpired, it brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina. Even though I was not directly affected, I was grateful to have a place for my family members to be housed. Coincidentally, that same house that provided shelter for Katrina flooded recently. With that, I was glad to see the outpour of love that came to my Mother-in-law who helped my family out before. God is so good because his grace is forever sufficient. He will come right on time.

One of my songs during this season has been “Overflow” by Bryan Andrew Wilson, which is simply asking our Lord God to rain down his love, grace and spirit. This song reminds you that we have a God who is so powerful that His love, grace, and spirit can overflow everywhere at the same time. How awesome is this! Anyone that has been affected by disaster or whatever the case maybe just know God knows. He has not forgotten about you. Just be still and know He is God. He may not come when we want Him to, but He is always on time.

During your quiet time, find your favorite song, and just sing to Him. Take these few words to start, and let Him speak to you, “Overflow, let your spirit overflow. Shower me with your love. Shower me with your grace. Shower me with your spirit. Fill this place. Fill this place.” Use any song that you choose that speaks to you. So I challenge you to find your song that gives you what you need to get through. Let it be your theme song during your season, and watch how He can use the song to minister to you.

Enjoy!!

When the bell sounds

We’ve made it to the start of another school year. Wow does time go by so fast when you’re having fun. For some, long mornings to sleep like you’re on vacation everyday. While others take in a few summer classes or a job. Whatever the situation, it was different than your typical Monday through Friday that occur during August to June. Getting prepared for the school year rears you into shopping, doctors visits and last minute school paperwork. It is one of those things that reminds you the job is never finished. When the bell sounds we get back in the groove of things.

I believe when we’re starting an assignment we are equipped to handle everything that comes our way, eventhough we may not look forward to it. I remember when starting school it was a rush of emotions because of the preparation involved. Being excited to see friends, but not too excited to hit the books. As I got older, the preparation was still a rush of emotions, but later feelings turned to accomplishing the next mission. What a huge deviation?! Regardless, it came over time just how our relationship with God develops over time.

We are all on a mission to fulfull our purpose. Each one is different, but it’s for the greater good. I hope that regardless what task is presented to us that we run our race and don’t let it run us. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:11,

The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.

When in doubt, confused, disappointed, discouraged or just feeling overwhelmed, just pray and stand still and watch God move. He will direct your path even when the bell sounds.

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Just Breathe

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What if the wrong path is taken? Better yet, the wrong door is opened. It states in the Bible in

Revelation 3:7 (NIV) To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

With this being promised, why do these questions arise? I listed only two with plenty others where those came from. The mind can have you thinking things that make you go hmm. It is very tricky.

One day I was thinking about all the things I wanted to do, and my mind started to ramble with the questions above. As I was thinking about my future, I had many ideas come to mind. My list started to increase with various activities and opportunities. For instance, I was wondering if the job I recently selected was the right choice. Should I have waited for another door to open or go forward with the opportunity. It is interesting how your mind can work so fast. It is like you have several people talking all at once. However, it came to mind one thing I did not think of beforehand. That was to pray. You’ll be surprised how much prayer can change a situation. That’s why I love the acronym, “Pray Until Something Happens.” It’s like I was thinking these things I wanted to do but never stopped to ask God what He wanted for me. Wow! Aha Moment! Some may think, “why should I have to ask someone else about what I wanted to do when all I have to do is act on it myself?” Well I can tell you from experience a powerful God created me and knows me better than I know myself, so why not ask? He surely knows how many hairs I have on my head because, again, he created me. So this is why I ask. Try it for yourself and share your experience, but remember to stop, breathe, and PUSH. In the end, I was driving myself crazy making lists all the time and all I had to do was stop, breathe, and pray.

Thanks to Priscilla Shrier for sharing this verse on her blog http://www.goingbeyond.com that I had to share.

1 Corinthians 7:17 (MSG)

17 And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. Don’t think I’m being harder on you than on the others. I give this same counsel in all the churches

Life is not a competition it is a journey.

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I have traveled in circles a few times in my life. What about you? Ever have those feelings if you will ever come out of this cycle. To break it down for you, have you been to a track meet? Well I have, and I been on the course a few times to run a race that I try to win. Sometimes I come up short because I have gotten distracted looking at the person next to me or not truly focusing on the finish line. At times I have gotten tired or too weak before finishing. However, one thing is a true statement for most of us. That is, getting distracted looking at the person in the next lane wondering how far are they ahead. It could be other things this person is doing to get you off focus.

Moreover, focusing on your prize is key because the prize that awaits the other person is totally different. We all have goals and want to be successful but it comes with a price called sacrifice. When you want something so bad that you will do anything to get it. As it relates to this race, it take time, patience, and endurance, but you will get there.

We all have been given different paths in life. Boy, did I have to learn this for myself. You were not designed to be like someone else. We each are formed in a unique way to live a life that is pleasing to our Lord God. He wants us to represent Him in everything that we do. Of course we will fall short, but we can get back up and try again. Can we try complementing instead of competing in this journey of life, because we are all trying to finish at the same place.

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. Deuteronomy 2:7

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In a hurry?

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There is a rush that I feel to do something that makes me want to do cart wheels at times. It could be wanting to work on a project for myself or just wanting to go outside or shopping. Do you have this feeling often? I had to ask myself am I impulsive? Could it be that I have no patience?

Let me tell you I could have a thought populate and I immediately think this is something that needs attention now. At times my mind wants to believe that if this is given to me now I have to act on it now. Now taking the time to pause and think about what I am thinking about is helpful. This does not happen often. However I am thankful for the Holy Spirit to move in me to do so.

I am glad for the moments to slow down because when you are constantly going it becomes overwhelming. I do understand that this lifestyle may work for some but for others you have to do what is best for you. We all have different paths in life but thank God for His truth.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.