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“The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ERV)

Father, I so long to be bold and courageous as You have called me. I understand that You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind but I still often shutter at the thought of change and a lack of consistency in my life. May I recount Your promises daily to help me walk out the path that You have shown me. Just as Abraham was considered a friend of God because He believed and trusted in You regardless to his situation, I want to also walk forward in the unknown knowing that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Help me to recall that you hold me in the palm of Your hand and no enemy can snatch me out. Help me to remember that You are my hiding place, my secret shelter, I can run to Your arms of safety when I am afraid. Help me to walk in the light that You have provided through Your love letter to me. Help me to recall that I can do all things through Christ who infuses me with inner strength. Today, I recommit my life into Your trust believing that You will perfect all things that concern me. Today, I choose to walk boldly as You hold my hand through every trial, every temptation, every new path that I will face. Today, I choose to trust You Lord. In Jesus name Amen.

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“And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows” 1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NLT)

Over the last couple of months, we have been faced with the challenges of trying to control a growing pandemic. Covid-19 has crippled countries, cities, businesses, families, you name it. Loved ones are dying alone. Essential workers are being overworked.

One sure way to defeat it has been to stay away from anyone that has been affected by it. With this has come much anxiety, frustration, and bickering even amongst families. How do we regroup and regain our bearings after being knocked out of our comfort zones?

How about the start of a new epidemic today? One of love and compassion.

One of genuine concern about our fellow brothers and sisters. We have witnessed many random acts of kindness on different occasions, but is it enough?

If we were all to put ourselves in the shoes of those working extra shifts, missing their loved one’s last moments, or dealing with domestic abuse because of stay at home orders, what would be the response? We are all touched by the same enemy. Being able to be the hands and feet of Jesus in these moments would be a great testimony of our Lord.

My challenge is to begin today in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to those that you can help in this season. It may be as simple as a phone call. Whatever the case, let love overflow from the depths of your heart and may this epidemic of love spread like wildfire in our land.

Lord, right now we need you more than ever. We are all hurting in some way that is unimaginable. I pray today that your love would overflow from each of us into this lost and dying world. I pray that we would lay aside ourselves and become more concerned for each other. I pray that we would begin to extend the hands and feet of Jesus to our fellow brethren regardless of race, sex, or creed. Let your unfailing love abound in this land. Draw others to you by our daily actions. May we let our lights so shine that men may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. In Jesus name, Amen.

Grace and peace to you!

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What do you mean, ‘If I can’? Jesus asked.Anything is possible if a person believes. The father instantly cried out, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 (NLT)

In life, we are faced with many challenges that test our faith. It is so easy to get bombarded by what we see. It becomes a constant battle, almost like a game of tug-of- war, to keep the faith our faith intact.

In our reference scripture, we find the father of the little boy asking God to help him to believe. I applaud his momentary weakness. If we are going to experience breakthrough in our lives we must be willing to admit we need help. It is not our job to keep it all together. It is our job to trust in a God that never fails us.

Today, I challenge you to take a moment and pour your heart out to God. Express your weaknesses before Him. Ask for the help that you need to go on. You are not required to carry the weight of the world upon your shoulders. He is more than able to bear every burden. He is concerned about what concerns you. He is concerned about those very issues that weigh heavily on your heart. It is time to make an exchange. Will you?

Lord as the Father of the little boy prayed, I believe, but help my unbelief!  At times, it is hard for me to believe what I don’t see, but You said in Your Word that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, whatever we ask will be done for us, if we ask according to Your will.  Today, I stand on Your Word, trusting that You will perform with Your Hands what You have promised. I trust that You will work all things together for my good. I trust that You care for me and about what concerns me. I trust that You are already at work on my behalf. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

2020 came in with a vengeance. On top of dealing with COVID-19, many have also dealt with other life-altering challenges. It’s almost as if the bottom fell out and many are trying to find sure footing again. Is there a place of certainty where we can find rest?

There are situations we will never be able to understand. We are to trust that God has it all under control and he is working it all together for our good. He will also reveal his plan as time unfolds.

In the Scripture reference above, Paul wanted God to remove the problems he faced because they seemed too much for him to bear. But God, knowing all too well the purpose of those trials, encouraged Paul that his divine power was all he needed.

In these moments of transition in which we live, I want to speak peace to your weary soul. I want to speak rest from the anxious toil. Cease striving and trying to figure it all out. Rest in the unfailing love of the Father for you, his beloved.

I challenge you today, as you read this, to take a step back and ask God to help you see your situation through his eyes. Allow him to broaden your perspective. As he does, take comfort in the rest that he has already provided. My friend, be still and know that he is God (Psalm 46:10). When everything around you is shaking, he is the firm foundation. He knows how to steady you and establish your footing on solid ground.

Father, teach me to rest in your unfailing love. I admit I get lost trying to find my way through life’s ups and downs. I don’t always know where to go or what to think. I don’t always know what to do, but you do. May I take comfort in knowing that your purposes for me will be fulfilled. There is nothing that I will encounter that can separate me from your love. Thank you, Father. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. 8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”
1 Peter 5:7-11 (MSG)  6-7

It is time for us to stop believing the lie that things will always go the way we want them. Yes we do get what we want at times but if that was the case always, we would never learn to appreciate the process. The process is what God uses to make us. The process develops us and gets us ready for what we have been asking God for. There is protection in unanswered prayers. God does not give us what we want at times but He always gives us what we need.

It is time for us to stop giving people false hope and false expectations. We must stop telling people that everything will be OK when in fact it might not! God does not work everything out the way we think he should but He works it out for our good. It is up to us to see the good in what God does in our lives. Every good and perfect gift comes from God.  Does that mean you give up hope? No, of course not! It means you have to learn to see things from a different perspective. You have to look for the good in each and every situation.  It means we must live by faith and not what we see!

It is time to stop believing that we will receive results just by “waiting on God.” The truth is, we have to do our part. The Bible plainly tells us that faith without works is dead. In 2004 the Lord spoke these four words to us and we have been holding on to them since; practical application and hard work. It takes believing, trusting, praying, but it also takes action, planning, and preparation. Sometimes you have to work your bottom off to get the results you have been looking for. Everything will not be handed to you on a silver platter. Again, that provides little benefit. Even while we are working we need to trust God to do what He does best. Many get trapped here believing that they have to do it all. That is unbalanced as well. God works with us to manifest the vision. He works with us to show us the proper path to take. He provides strength and encouragement when we can’t see the way.

So if you find yourself discouraged today, because you can’t see the forest for the trees and  you feel as though God has abandoned you. You feel alone in your relationship. You are afraid and anxious about the next move or even if you are fighting to hold on to your faith. I challenge you today to let go of your expectations. Let go of your own preconceived notions of how it will all work out and trust that God has a plan and a purpose. Follow His promptings and do obey His voice. That is when you will begin to see breakthrough!

Trust that HE is at work in your life. Cast your cares, all your worries, all your fears, all your doubts on God today knowing that He will strengthen and settle you and bring you to an expected end.

Father, we come to thank You today for all that you have done that we can’t see. So often, we take for granted that You are not there or You are not at work in our lives. Today, we put an end to our doubts, to our fears, to our cares and concerns. We now move out of the way so that You can allow Your perfect work to be done in our lives. For those that are hanging on by a thread, I thank You for opening the eyes of their understanding, grant them peace of mind and the assurance that they need to keep moving forward.  Show yourself strong Father in the lives of Your people. Thank You for doing exceedingly abundantly above all we may ask or even think. In Jesus’ Holy name. Amen

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And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed Him. 40 And when He came to the place, He said to them, pray that you may not [at all] enter into temptation. 41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw and knelt down and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done. 43 And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit. 44 And being in an agony [of mind], He prayed [all the] more earnestly and intently, and His sweat became like great clots of blood dropping down upon the ground.”    Luke 22:39-44(AMP)

Many of us have found ourselves in difficult situations. We fast and pray. We cry. We speak the Word; but no relief in sight.  Just as Jesus cried out in the garden for the cup to be taken from Him, so have many of us.  Lord, Lord why has though forsaken me, why have you left me here to die.   If you don’t move soon, I am not going to make it. Time seems to creep by.  Every day without realizing it, you are getting stronger.  Your endurance is building. Your cries are becoming praise and your heartache is becoming passion.  You are in the place of pressing, the place where it seems as though you are not going to be able to live past the next breath.  But out of nowhere comes a rushing mighty wind, infusing you with inner strength and speaking purpose to your storm.

Do not allow difficult situations to shake your faith. The pressure that you are experiencing now is just to squeeze out of you the precious oil, the treasures that are buried deep within.  If the pressing never took place, you would not realize what is on the inside of you. You would never grasp your full potential, your worth, and your value.

In hardships, stay focused, pursue peace and never lose sight of the guaranteed victory.  We may not be able to trace His steps, but we can be assured of His heart towards us.  Be assured that He loves you too much to allow you to be overtaken by the pain, the frustration, the challenges that you face. He has already provided a place of safety for you, under the shadow of His wings.

Father, open our eyes to your perspective on our situation. Help us to know that you love us too much to allow us to be consumed. Help us to be assured of the grace that you have given us to empower us and strengthen us inwardly as we deal with challenges and discomforts. I pray that we will be reminded daily of your provision of comfort and peace in our lives. In Jesus name Amen.

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Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”  Matthew 14:14 NLT

How do you keep doing for others in the midst of chaos in your own life?

Jesus withdrew to be alone after hearing that his cousin, John the Baptist, was beheaded. But when he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them. Compassion is defined as a desire to help someone who is sick, hungry, or hurting. Jesus wanted to ensure that the crowd had what they needed even at a time when he was in need and the disciples wanted to send the crowd away.

Jesus, knowing the needs of the people, did not turn them aside. He laid his own need aside to ensure the people were taken care of. After doing so, he continued to a place of solitude to pray. By making time to withdraw and pray, he stayed connected to his source and ensured that he would continue doing the will of the Father. This gave him the power, the grace, the instructions, and the wisdom to complete his assignment on earth.

God is asking us to serve others with a heart of compassion just as Jesus did, but at times our own selfish ambitions get in the way. Often, we are so fixated on our own needs or our own insecurities that we miss valuable opportunities right before us. The key to helping to meet the needs of others is first recognizing that God is always our source. When we come to him admitting our insufficiency, he takes what we have and multiplies it.

Lord, I come to you today asking that you fill me with a heart of compassion and love for others. I ask that you minister through me today to those who are in need of your love and grace. I desire to love as Jesus loves. Most of all, I desire to please you in all that I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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“Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” Psalm 144:1 (NLT)

Every day you will face challenges that try to move you away from God’s plan and purpose for your lives. You will be tempted to act out of character. You will be tempted to give in to the pride of your own hearts; relying on yourselves rather than fully relying on God.  Unfortunately, all of these decisions will put you in a position to lose the battle.

If you are to see victory over the obstacles you are currently facing, it will take you learning the battle strategy from the one who knows best. God has strategic weapons to dismantle every attack of the enemy. We find this true throughout the Old Testament readings.

Joshua won the battle of Jericho by marching around the city 7 times, then releasing a loud shout. Gideon was told he had too many men for the battle. He was then instructed to take 300 men with him. As they went blowing their trumpets, the Lord confused the opposing army and they began to fight themselves.  Jehoshaphat was told by the Prophet of the Lord, you will not have to fight in this battle, the Lord will fight for you. They proceeded to battle worshipping their God and the other army began to destroy themselves.

As you can see from these accounts, God does not fight like we fight. His weapons are much greater than ours. They are weapons of mass destruction; tearing down every stronghold, piercing between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Today, instead of cowering down to the enemy of doubt, fear and insecurity. Instead of giving into the temptation to quit. Instead of allowing the whispers of the naysayers stop you in your tracks, I encourage you to fight back! You must stand and gird yourself with the full armour of God. Endure hardness as a good soldier and see those very obstacles demolished in your path.

When you allow God to be your defense, your strong tower, He can perfect all things that concern you.  After all, He has already equipped you with the weapons that work; prayer, worship, and the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.

Do your battle on your knees today. Do your battle in worship. God will fight for you.

Father, thank You for teaching our hands to war. Too often, we fight from a place of our own strength not fully relying on, leaning into, and trusting You.  As we begin to change course, thank You for Your patience with us. Thank You for your power being made perfect in our times of weaknesses. May we look to You when we are weak to help us win the victory in every area of our lives. In Jesus name Amen.

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“…I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness.” Ezekiel 16:8

In this passage of scripture, Ezekiel captures the heart of a loving Father as we witness Israel’s plight. God never walks away from us, even in our worst state. He covers us and speaks life into us in spite of our mistakes. It behooves us to accept such great love.

How do you and I receive such grace, knowing we are not worthy? He has seen us in our weaknesses and yet has never turned away. He’s witnessed our frailties, our shortcomings, yet he still calls us his own. He is the God of the universe, yet he still takes the time to soothe and comfort the pain of rejection many of us have felt from birth. He’s witnessed our plight, our cries for help.

We were left for dead in our sinful states — broken, confused and alone. It was then that God covered us. He has rescued us because he delights in us.

God has taken the time to cradle us and assure us of his love, yet how often have we turned away, rejecting that great love? The Lord knew we would turn away. He knew we would not remain faithful, but he still pursued us.

How can we not accept his great love? When others turned their backs, he was the one to hold us and console us back to spiritual health. He was the one Lord that you and I could always rely on to be there.

Let’s be grateful to be the recipient of a love so strong, so true — a love that covers me and you even when we fail to recognize it. What a God we serve!

Father, thank you for seeing me even in my broken state. Thank you for rescuing me because you delighted in me. May I never take the love, the concern, or the grace that you have bestowed upon me for granted. Amen.

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“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NLT)

Whose report will you believe today?

Will you continue believing what your current circumstances are speaking about you?

Will you continue listening to the lies of the enemy?

The lies of your past mistakes?

The opinions of others?

I challenge you today to believe the report God has written about you. As a born again believer, you are no longer defined by labels. God changed your name the moment you entered into relationship with Him. You are now considered righteous. The Bible tells us that when we accept Jesus as our Savior we become new creatures, old things are passed away, behold all things become new.  You may not always feel like new, but it’s still true.

Focus on what is true about yourself. In order to do so you must begin to renew your mind about what God says about you. Instead of being defeated by your own thoughts about yourself, fill your head and your heart with what God says. It is my prayer that you will embrace who you are in Him. No longer be a victim to the lies you have heard in your own heart or around you. You are important. You do matter. He has called you to walk in your new identity today. Enough of the lies. Enough of feeling insecure, insignificant. Believe what God says about you my friend.

Father, thank you for loving us enough to save us from our sins. Thank you for the sacrifice of your Son. May we always be mindful of what you have done for us and how you have set us free from sin, guilt, condemnation and destruction. In Jesus name, Amen.

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

He smiled widely as he mounted the stairs and approached the front door to the house. One hand behind his back, obviously hiding something. As he walked through the doorway, he leaned over to kiss me and proceeded to tell me he was thinking about me on his way home. With the biggest grin ever, he pulled his hand from behind his back and handed me a stalk of cotton he picked from the field down the road from our house. I blushed like a schoolgirl who had just received her first bouquet of roses. Knowing my husband had me on his mind, and took the time to act on that thought, made that cotton one of the best gifts I ever received from him.

My husband’s thoughtful act that day reminded me of how God, in his infinite wisdom, thought of each of us before the foundation of this world and devised a master plan to ensure our salvation. Our Father wanted so much to be in fellowship with us that he was willing to give his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins in order to redeem us. Before we were even a thought on our parent’s mind, Jesus laid down his life to free us from the sting of death, hell, and the grave. What great love!

Have you received the free gift of salvation? The hard work was already done on the cross by Jesus. All you need to do is simply receive by faith the precious gift offered by our Heavenly Father.

Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus. Without his sacrifice, where would we be? You gave us the ultimate gift of eternal life. May we always be grateful and continue to share your love and the message of the cross with everyone we meet. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” Galatians 5:16-17 (NASB)

I began to question the Lord about some of the issues I had been dealing with recently. I felt like Paul. I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. Have you been there?

The Lord began to show me through the Word, that our lives are not to be controlled by what our flesh desires. Instead, born again believers should be led by the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Here is the problem; when we do not take the time to feed our spirit man through prayer, fasting, and meditating on the Word, we will not be able to recognize the promptings of the Spirit. The one you feed the most will grow strongest.

On average, how much time do you spend reading the Bible and praying? If you desire to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the desires of the flesh, the key is increasing your time in these spiritual practices. The Word cleanses and transforms our hearts. Prayer helps to give us direction and allows us to see the traps of the enemy. Prayer is also essential in dying to our will and embracing God’s will.

My prayer for you today is that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened as you study scriptures. I pray you will allow the grace of God to help you win the battle over your struggles. Be led by the Spirit as you pursue a closer walk with the Father.

Father so often we take for granted the tools you have given us to help us live a holy life that is pleasing to you. I pray that we will begin to examine our own ways, our motives, our thoughts and our desires. I pray that we will bring these to you so that you can help us to see clearly. Oftentimes what we want is not what you want. I pray that you will continue to draw us by your Holy Spirit and guide us in truth so that we may follow after you wholeheartedly. In Jesus name, Amen.

What necessary changes can you make today to begin to include time daily for the Word of God and prayer?

Begin to get quiet intentionally and listen for the Holy Spirit’s direction in your everyday life.

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As I sat this morning, quietly listening to the waves crash upon the shore, I heard the Holy Spirit say “write where you are.”  So here goes, my raw thoughts from this morning…

It’s morning, as I sit and watch the waves crash upon the shore, I can’t help but reflect on Your goodness. How Your love surrounds us and overshadows us, even when we fail to take notice. How Your blood washed over our dirty, sin filled souls. You cleansed us from all of our guilt and iniquity. Acts 10:15

It is times like these I want to just jump in and get wet; just to bask in Your presence until all my fears are gone. I want to dive into the sea of Your love and just be at peace, be at rest.

Life sometimes takes us by surprise, but You are always constant, just like the waves of the sea. You are always present. Your love never fades away. Your love is so refreshing, so breathtaking, it’s so hard to imagine life without it, life without You.

The stillness of this moment makes life so worth living. The birds fly without a care in the world. The sea roars in contentment, in worship, settled into what You created it to be. The sun fades away in the faint distance as the clouds give way to rain.

My heart, so heavy, so free at the same time because only You know how to wash away my pain. You took away what I once held so dear; my worries, my doubts, all my concerns and washed them all away. You reminded me of Your great love for me and how you will always stay.

You are always there, so constant, so consistent like the roaring sea. Why should I fear? Why should I be discouraged? You hold me all so near. You wrap me in the sea of Your love, now I have no fears.

I wade in a little bit deeper just to experience what I have been missing. Fear has kept me at arm’s length, never fully experiencing life’s fullness. Never fully launching out into the deep; the depths of Your love will never harm me.

So today, I give myself freely to You, Your love, Your touch; desiring Your healing Hand to restore every broken part of me. Every tear, every pain, every heartache I have contained, cast it into the sea of forgetfulness right now, I must. Longing to bask fully in who You are, in Your love so true. The sea of Your love has captured me. It stills my soul. It reminds me of Your great love; Your Son, Jesus You sent from above.

I’ll hold on to Your hand as You lead me to new depths in You; never forgetting You are with me, every step. You promised to not leave me, abandon me You won’t. It is the sea of Your love that holds me so close. So near I can taste You yet so far, I pant after You, not wanting to let go. You won’t leave me, no. You won’t ever let me go.

I sit and I watch in awe, in wonder at the works of Your hands. It’s so majestic, yet so refreshing all in the same breath. Your power so quaint yet well-defined with each wave. You have taken me captive. I can’t seem to pull away. So, I will just sit and be overtaken by Your great love. I’m here Lord, I’m here to stay.

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

Father, teach us to rest in Your love for us. Too often we get sidetracked by the cares and the concerns of this world. We allow what we see dictate our belief, our emotions, our hope. We are so-o easily moved by the media and what is happening around us. Remind us of the need to cast our cares upon you. Remind us of the need to keep our attention on Your promises to us. Remind us to come to  You when we are worried, alone, tired, lonely, and afraid. Remind us that You are with us. You will never leave us nor forsake us. You are our hope. You are our peace. You are our shelter in the time of the storm. We trust You. We offer this prayer in Jesus name Amen.

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“Let your gentle spirit be made known to all men.” Philippians 4:5 (NASB)

We live in a society that is filled with hurting people, many of whom go unnoticed on a regular basis. Have you stopped to take notice of the people around you?

We often get so consumed with meeting the next deadline, competing for the next promotion, or running to our next obligation, that we lose sight of how we treat the people around us. Sadly, our busyness can lead to harshness, critical attitudes, frustration, or just being overwhelmed to the point that we treat the ones we love unfairly.

How many of your relationships are strained because you need to make an attitude adjustment this very moment? It’s time to push pause. Take a deep breath and release the weight of what you have been carrying. Remember, as a born again believer, you have been called to be a light to those around you. People are taking note of your every move. You are to exhibit Christ’s nature that is within. I know we all have our days… but ultimately, Jesus should be seen, not us.

I encourage you today to put on gentleness, even in the midst of those moments of frustration. Slow down and begin to pay attention to what really matters. It is not the to-do lists that are waiting to be tackled. It is the people connected to you. Let gentleness go before you today. The things you accomplish will mean very little if you have no one to share them with.

Father, help us to be mindful today of our attitudes. Help us to pay close attention to the ones we hurt because we are not paying attention to the little things. May our words and our mannerisms be seasoned with grace. May we pause to take time to commune with You in order to receive the love that we need to share with those around us. Lord, let Your love flow through us like never before. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Take Action: Develop a new habit of taking a deep breath the next time you are ready to lose your cool. Stop and whisper a prayer for God to help you remain calm and to allow His fruit to work in your everyday life.

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