Please “But” Out

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Things will happen and apologies will be needed.  However, if we negate our apologies with a “But I”…we may lose the heart of the person we are trying to soften…

So please don’t stick your “But I” in with your apology. Man up or Woman up, humble yourselves and, suck it up.  Give the apology and take the heat.

  This way your “but” won’t cause you to get stuck and the heart of the offended can be softened.

It can come across to the person that has been offended by us that we are not genuine and are just saying words. So we must be considerate and not negate the very apology that we are trying to give.

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Prayer Request…Only God Can Fix It

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If you can on today just take a few minutes and say a prayer for those that suffer with depression, mental illness and suicidal thoughts. 

We never know what people are thinking or dealing with in their lives…Thank you and to God be the glory.  #depression #recovery

From Training Wheels To Ten Speeds

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Life will be made or broken at the place where we meet and deal with obstacles.

E. Stanley Jones

Sometimes we may encounter let downs…Some one may get the promotion over us, we may be down sized on our jobs, a person that was once our subordinate has now become our boss. 

We will all suffer set backs and disappointments in our lives.

  But what we do in those situations will ultimately shape who we are.

Immature people will become jealous and hate on the person that was rewarded the promotion in their stead. A mature person will feel hurt and looked over but they realize that they have a job to do and there will be something better along the way.

Which one are you?  How is your character? Do you turn into the green eyed monster or do you suffer disappointment and recognize that feelings of jealously and immaturity are not for the mature and get back in line?

If we all can be honest…We have experienced what it feels like to be left out and how it feels to be slightly envious of another. However, we don’t have to stay there. Jesus has given us power over the flesh to live a life of maturity.

Yes, someone you feel that is less deserving may get that promotion but what are you going to do? How are you going to act?

So wherever you fall look to improve, none of us are finished products. We have Jesus for a reason and those that are his servants know what the reason is (we are a mess without Him).

So keep this in mind: Adversity doesn’t have to derail us it truly can make us better.

A Pound of Sweat, A Bag Of Seed [Seizing Your Opportunities]

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Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln

Autumn is great. It marks the changing of the seasons.  Autumn like no other season has the aptitude or the knack of reminding us, how hard work will produce much.

Look at the leaves how they begin to change colors signifying how great the harvest was. What was planted can’t hide because of the colorful leaves and beautiful buds that have reach the epics of their prosperity. 

Maturity is all in the air.

I believe this can some up our lives. Maybe not all of our lives but some.  When we seek to prepare ourselves by preparation …We place ourselves in positon to receive a matured harvest.

When we seek to prepare ourselves by preparation we place ourselves in a position to seize any opportunity given to us and we safe guard ourselves against bad decision making.

Lack of preparation will cause a knee-jerk response that can cause us great ruin. It is the farmer that has sacrificed their sleep, comfort and body that will reap a great harvest.

However, the farmer that sleeps during seed times will not accumulate nor reap a valued harvest only an overgrown, poorly kept field that is only worth a “hill of beans.”

So embrace preparation and watch what you have planted grow into something beautiful…

However, if you have prepared and you see that there is not a harvest at least you can place the blame on the conditions of the ground and not the sower of the seed.

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Harvest Time?

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There is a season for all things under the sun.  However, the trick is making it count when it is your time.  Some people pull up when they should be planting, Some people play when they should be watering, some sleep when they should be working. 

It is imperative that we work hard in the right season so when growth begins to happen…watchout it’s harvest time.

Jesus commands us to work while it is still day, for the night comes when no man can work. And we need to take advantage of our fields before it is too late.

You know? It is easy to sit by while someone else is doing all the work…However, Jesus declares to us that there will be a day where the lazy will reap what they sow and the diligent will reap what they sow.

So know this, though you haven’t yet experienced the harvest do the work and wait for the rain because soon the vision will speak.  It will be tragic when the rain comes but we aren’t prepared to reap the harvest.

Did You Think God Wanted You to be Super?

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Sometimes we feel like we have to walk on water for God. We can apply all kinds of pressure to our lives trying to perform for God (He who knows us best).

But guess what? God is not looking for actors or actresses he is looking for faithful believers.

He wants people that will say, “You know what God, I don’t have it all together, I am a mess but Lord, I will be faithful with your help.” “God here I am send me…broken, bruised an a wretch undone.”

There is a saying that goes like this: “Bloom where you are planted.” We must learn how to work within the gift that the Lord has given us and leave the rest to God.

Our jobs are to avail ourselves to Him. We must make ourselves available and accessible for the Master’s use.

So the next time you think you have to jump over tall buildings in a single bound just remember God is not looking for you to be super…He is just looking for you to be sold out for Him.

Who Said You Were Through

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Though  we may have fallen we still have purpose.  God has away of reigniting that lost purpose within us. 

Just when people have written us off as done… God shows us that though the bulb is broken it still can reflect His light.  God bless.

Devotional Today (Unfulfilled Voids In Our Souls )

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What do I long for?

I believe that this is a question that we have all asked ourselves. This question is deep but telling. It is a question that has the potential to reveal the innermost workings of our hearts. What is it that my heart truly desires?

I think that this is a very valid question.
Our hearts desires are different. Some of us desires to be loved by others, some of desire to be filthy rich and have money oozing out of our ears, some of us desire to have the perfect family, some of us desire to be liked.

However, I think that knowing what is really in our hearts can help us to grow spiritually. If you asked Christians who do they love? …For PR purposes (public relation purposes) we will all yell Jesus. But if you were to look at the fruit of some of our lives it would indeed tell a different story.

It is sorta kinda like driving through the streets of New York city, or downtown DC. The streets are filled with potholes that are covered over with tar and gravel. If you were to ask the city, “why are the streets in such bad conditions?” they would say, “the streets are okay, they are in workable condition.” But when you drive over them you look at your car and you say, “why weren’t this potholes filled, this road is terrible.”

The same can be said about our lives at times. We can walk around looking healed on the inside but if we would be honest we have covered over the holes in our souls with relationships, television, excuses, humor, addictions, overeating, money, pretentiousness, things, conquest but some how we are still unfulfilled.

Why is this? I believe whenever we are using inferior materials (people, relationships, success, conquest, lust, things) we will always come up empty and extremely destructive to ourselves and the passers-by that are around us.

We will always be longing for something that is lasting an absolute.

Truth be told our souls are always longing for something. God has created us that way to always be longing, searching, never satisfied with this world. Why? Because He knows that if we keep searching we will find the answer to that riddle and that answer is

Jesus.

Romans 8:22-23 says, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

We must understand that our longings must be for God but if we take those longings and misdirect them towards the lust of the world we will always feel empty. God has given us family, spouses, money, relationships, friends but those things come after we have put Him at the top of our priority list. Those things come to us after we have sought first the kingdom of God and the righteousness of Jesus.

The Take Away

Remember that only what we do for Christ will last. Jesus wants to be our number one priority not our number two or three. He doesn’t want to be our go to when we are in a bind. But He wants to be our total fulfilment.

Prayer

Lord God help us to make you our number one even when we are feeling alone and struggling within ourselves. Keep us God when we are tempted to trust your glory to another or something. Give us the strength and vision to always steer clear of our unfulfilled potholes in Jesus name I pray…amen.

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A Cry for Salvation

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Will this generation continue to reject Jesus' loving touch.


His empty hands, without our repentant hearts, will only lead us too much emptiness. The Blueprint


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The Snake, the snake, the snake in the grass,

No one knows, how long his bite may last,

The venom he spits, the souls he cast into the lake they swim forever last,

Now we cry to the protector of Spirits to drain the lake, to crush the wrath of the snake,

But he doesn’t hear or see our tears, for they aren’t tears and screams for the love of Him they are tears and screams of fear,

Oh great high Protector of Spirits please deliver us from this insane pain?

Then there was a rumble and a hush and then the voice of the Lord spoke, the Almighty God is His name,

“Did you love me when you used my name in vain, did you praise me when I blessed your flock,

No you belittled me in your life you mocked,

My goodness and blessings I give, My Son I gave for your sins He cleansed.

Now you asked me to save a sinner that will not repent, may I look upon your brow with no intent of saving a sinner that does not repent,

The way to salvation is to love my laws, love thy neighbor or the Ten Commandments I call them,

Do all these things while receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior,

Then God will bless and salvation you will gain.

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