Self-Confidence and Self-Appreciation

I am truly amazed how God uses books,videos,music, and circumstances to minister to others. God placed on y heart to use a Childrens book titled Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell.
Molly was short,had the biggest buck-teeth you had ever seen,had a very raspy voice,and she drop things quite often. Molly’s grandma had told her to stand tall, smile big, to sing out clear and strong, and to believe in herself and Molly did all that her grandma had told her, especially when Molly had to move and start in a new school and face the class bully Ronald Durkin.

Ronald Durkin had called Molly all kinds of names and even said she had made a snowflake all wrong. Molly took the advice her grandma had given her and put it to use on good ole Ronald Durkin. By the end of the week Ronald gave Molly a gift and even smiled at her. That night she wrote her grandma a letter telling her grandma that all the things she had told her was true.

I know we have been there like Molly at some point in our life, whether it was a class bully, a coworker, boss,or just someone in passing. What I admired most about Molly was she chose to rise above her circumstances and put to use the advice her grandma gave her.

Sweet Sisters in Christ our own Heavenly Father gives us the same advice that Molly’s grandma gave her. The verse that comes to mind is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

My challenge to you is to Stand Tall like Molly did and to trust in Our Heavenly Father because He is there at all times.

Be Blessed and a Blessing!

This entry was posted on April 19, 2013. 2 Comments

Frustrated???

I love how God used a childrens song to open my eyes how easily we all can get frustrated at the littlest thing. Some of you may have heard of this song called the Duck Song and if you have not I encourage you to look it up on You Tube after reading this blog.

Now in this song the Duck walks up to this lemonade stand and asks the owner of the stand and ask him if he had any grapes and the owner said no lemonade is all I ever sold and offered the duck a glass and he refused it and walks away. The duck keeps coming back day after day asking the owner of the stand for grapes and by the third day the owner is really frustrated with this duck who keeps asking for grapes and he told the duck he was going to glue him to a tree if he kept asking for grapes. So the next day the duck comes back and the owner is furious and the duck asked if he had any glue and the owner said why would I would have glue and then the duck asked for grapes. The owner took the duck to the store and bought him some grapes and the duck ate a grape and then says nah and you know what would make my day would be a glass of lemonade.

My question is to you is how frustrated do we get like the owner of the lemonade stand and at the same time refuse God’s help? All because we are to stubborn and want to do it ourselves (the hard way) instead of trusting and accepting the help from our Loving Heavenly Father who is always eager to help us.

In Isaiah 41:10 God tells us to Fear not, for I am with you;be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Even in the midst of our frustration God is right there to help us along the way.

My challenge for you and I sre we going to choose to stay frustrated like the owner of the lemonade stand or are we going to accept help from our Heavenly Father.

Lets Pray: Dear Heavenly Father,

I lift up all our frustrations to you. Right now we are willing to let go of what is frustrating us and we graciously accept your help. We are so thankful that you are right there beside us even when we are too stubborn to realize it. We thank you that you love us inspite of our frustrations.

In Your Name,

Amen

This entry was posted on April 3, 2013. 2 Comments

Are Your Words Investing or hurting?

God got my attention when a very special lady in my life gets verbally attacked when she comments on a post or shares a picture.

In third chapter in the book of James, James talks about how powerful and destructive our words can be and that life and death are in the power of the tongue.

God did not command his children to verbally attack one another especially our own family members. In John 13:34 Jesus gives a new commandment to Love eachother as He Loves us. Pauls tells us in 1Thessalonians 5:11 that we are to encourage and build one another up.

As children of God  we are to be investing in lives around us not verbally attacking our loved ones for a simple comment or just because they share a picture. Proverbs 27:17 says iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. My questions is how can we sharpen one another when we are verbally attacking one another over a simple comment or a picture that is posted?

Lets Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that when we read a comment or see a picture that we don’t like that we will be slow to anger and that we will seek you before we respond to what we see and read. I pray you bless our words that we can be encouragers and investors in lives those that around us. In your name I pray, Amen

This entry was posted on March 23, 2013. 2 Comments

Running the Race

I ran across my notes and this Bible Study really hit home.

Habakkuk 2:2 says Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that runner can carry the correct message to others. 

To me this is our relationship with Jesus is running a race and we are all winners of the ultimate gift his free salvation that he offers because of the price he paid on the cross for our sin.

God wants us to run our own race. We have to maintain in our race and not to backslide. Very powerful statement because there are many times this statement has hits us right in the face . I have also found myself backsliding and God always brings me right back where he want us.

Here are 10 keys to running the race with Jesus

1)Work hard at all times: Study, Fast, and Pray

2)Learn to enjoy the climb: Let the process happen

3)Prepare for tomorrow:Invest in ourselves

4)Never be embarrassed to ask for help:If we don’t ask we won’t recieve ( This is a hard one for me personally because I am not one to ask for help.)

5)Find a Mentor: Find someone you can go and talk to and trust.

6)Be a Leader: In some of aspect of your life we need to be available and willing for God, instead of just being here.

7)Set your priorities in your life: Set goals and be disciplined and to get things done and be commited in everything.

8) Know your gift: Look at where you are good at, and pray about it. God will reveal it to you!!

9) Forget your past mistakes: Cannot live in our past. We cannot look back and move foward. ( This is another one that has been hard for me personally.)

10) Do Not Quit: Keep moving forward and pressing on. If we fall, get up and dust ourselves off and keep moving forward.( This also has been hard one for me as well.)

Sweet Sisters just know we are not alone and I am tremendously blessed to have ya’ll are in my life. 

Lets pray: Dear Heavenly Father, I just lift up each and everyone of these ladies to you Father and I pray that we draw closer to you as we embrace this journey that we are on. I also pray that these tips that I have mentioned bless these women as they have blessed me.  In your name I pray, Amen!!

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on August 23, 2012. 6 Comments

Contentment and Focus

Are you content with what you have? Are you focusingon God’s calling on your life?

When these two questions were placed on my heart, it was God convicting me to take a look at my own life and what I saw was I had not been content with what I have and I certianly had not been focusing on what God’s calling in my life.  Talk about a huge slap in the face because honestly I don’t like seeing my own faults and where I have made mistakes.  Also in the last week I have seen so much where people are not content and certainly not focusing on God. That’s the purpose for this message and I hope it is a blessing to all.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11-12 that he was not ever in need of anything because he had learned to be content with what he had and also had learned to live in every situation that he ever had endured.  Also Solomon tells in Ecclesiastes 6:9a to enjoy what we have rather than desiring what we don’t have.  I think we can learn a valuable lesson from these two gentlemen that were content and focusing on God and being obident to their calling on their lives.

When we are content with what we have and like Paul and Solomon we are then focusing on God and His promises and being obident to His calling in our lives.  Today lets make a promise to God and be like Paul and Solomon and live our lives being content with what we have and the season we are in and also focus on God’s calling in our lives.

I pray you have been truly blessed by this message have a wonderful day!!!

This entry was posted on August 11, 2012. 8 Comments

Is God in the Front or Back Seat of Your Life?

God is and should be the number one priority in our lives.  There are many times in our lives when God gets put in the backseat of our lives when we set our priorites in the wrong order, or when we let our circumstances define who we are, or when we buy into Satan’s lies instead of what God has promised for us. Romans 12:2 tells us to  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (New Living Translation)

I am here to tell you from experience that I copied the behavior and customs of this world for a ver long time.  I thought God’s promises were broken because of all the promises that were made to me and were never kept and that for many years God sat in the backseat of my life.  

One day I woke up and realize that God’s promises weren’t broken and that God was longing to be in the fronseat of my life instead of the back.  I realized that I know longer deserve to live in the abusive sitation I was in or with my abuser any longer and that God had so much more for me that I did deserve. With the help from God and making Him the #1 priority in my life He delievered me out of the Pit that I was in and began restoring me into His image and what He has instore for me.

In the words of Joyce Meyer I am not where I want to be but thank God I am not where I use to be.   I still have a ways to go but with God in the front seat of my life I know I will make it.

 

Here are some tips to help you to put God back in the front seat of your life

1) Make time for God- Just daily quiet time with you and God.  Just get up in his lap and rest.

2) Journal your thoughts, prayers, and scriptures

3) Write scripture on a note card and post them around your home

4) Put on Worship Music and Seek God!!

 

Let Go and Let God

Letting go of my fears and anxieties and let God be in control of it all has been very scary for me. I am not the type of person that likes change and change for me is very difficult because I would like to stay in my comfort zone and not step out of it.  But God calls us to step out in faith and that sometimes is fearful for me because I am such a recluse to my ways plus I don’t feel like I am good enough to do what God has called me to do because I feel like I would fail him and fall flat on my face in doing God’s work.  That is why 1Peter 5:7 sticks out to me because God freely wants to carry our burdens, fears and anxieties instead of us so that we can step out in faith and do what God has called us to do and that is be disciples for Him.

I encourage anyone that reads this that they to can let go and let God be in control of their lives.

Blessings,

Michelle