Posts Tagged ‘pride’

Are Those Gifts Mine? Can’t Be..

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What if you got up this morning and saw all of these gifts in your living room? Would you open them? Or would you ignore them, figuring they weren’t for you? Would you walk away and forget them? Would you get mad and call them clutter? Would you be angry because they were small boxes? Or wrapped with red paper instead of green paper? Or because you thought your neighbor’s gifts were prettier?

The Lord’s piled up the blessings in your life waaaaay higher and wider than the stack in this picture. When will you start opening them?

Receive them, enjoy them! You know..you don’t have to deserve, or be good enough, for gifts. Gifts are just another word for blessings. Gifts and blessings both involve grace. His grace is a gift. His blessings are a gift. His love is a gift. They’re yours, always. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You can let them pile up if you want. You can ignore them. You can determine to believe they aren’t yours. It’s completely up to you.

I encourage you to stop and look around today. Are there gifts you’ve left unopened? Are there any gifts you’ve refused to accept because you didn’t feel worthy?

Change that today!

You have been accepted into the family of Grace. Your name is allllll over those gifts, friend! So reach out, grab them, open them, claim them as yours, and give thanks!

He loves you! Don’t leave His gifts for you, His precious child, unopened anymore.

Blessings,

Sarah

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They Have it so Much Better Than I do

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Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. – Galatians 6:4-5

It’s not about what everyone else has. It’s not about how much “holier” they are than you. It’s not about how much more accomplished they are. It’s not about how much happier their marriage is. It’s not about how their kids are better behaved than yours. It’s not about how they still have a job and you don’t. It’s not about how they’re healthy and you’re not.

It’s really not about them at all. It’s about you, Him, and the work He’s called you to do.

If we are focused on our relationship with Him, we won’t find the need to compare ourself, or our life, with anyone else’s.

Where’s your focus today?

Attitude of Graditude

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What are you grateful for today? Are you in a place, spiritually, where you are able to praise Him regardless of circumstance?

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1

Man, it can be so hard to stay in an attitude of praise when everything seems to be tumbling down around us. But, as I’ve said before, praise confuses the enemy, friends! And not only that, but praising also keeps our focus where it belongs..on Victory..on Him!

No matter what’s going on around you today, or how the storm rages, be grateful for Him and praise His holy name. Because He is good! And His mercies endureth forever, and ever. Amen!

Decide to make it an amazing weekend! Every day is a blessing, don’t forget it.

Onward and upward, Christian soldiers!

You are blessed,

– Sarah

Waving the White Flag of Surrender

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Here are some thoughts (below) on surrender to start off our week! I’ve read through them quite a few times already..letting them sink in.

To some, surrender might sound scary. To me, it sounds like a Calgon bath. Finally, we don’t have to figure it all out, or try to control it. We don’t have to keep trying to push Him off the throne so we can sit down. We just have to surrender, and be His hands and feet. No more fighting, just peaceful surrendering. Yes, please!

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God!
Proverbs 3:5-7a

Have a great Monday, friends. 🙂 Also, please continue to keep my brother, Matt, and Chris’ Uncle Tim in your prayers. Thank you!

Onward and upward,

Sarah

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Here are the thoughts on surrender I spoke of, by Iyanla Vanzant:

Surrender allows us to face the thing we fear before it becomes a reality. The fear of being wrong. The fear of losing control. The fear of being found out. Most of the time, the thing we fear has absolutely no power, yet we brace ourselves for the worst possibility. In that defensive posture we keep our minds fixed on what could or might happen. The fear of facing that imaginary negative outcome is what keeps us paralyzed. Surrender places us in the offensive position. It gives us the opportunity to plan, and to move according to the plan.

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Surrender helps you to become willing to live through the experience, without giving your entire life over to it. It also makes room in your heart and mind for the Divine to give you a new idea. A new thought. When you surrender, give up the fear thoughts, and give up the control of a situation, you open the way for a miracle to take place.

Know Your Role!

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It’s easy to forget our role in this whole thing, isn’t it? Before long we have blurred the lines so much, we start to forget who’s in charge, and what our role really is. But, like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says, “KNOW YOUR ROLE!” We’ve got to take the time to get very familiar with OUR role.

It’s not bad to stop and, as Ice Cube says, “Check yo’self before you wreck yo’self!” (Man, I’m full of the witty one liners today! Haha)

Ask yourself, “Am I in the right position here? Or am I trying to take center stage? Am I trying to take control of an issue that is “above my pay grade”? Am I playing God?”

If the answer is yes, don’t beat yourself up! Just do an about face, and give center stage back to Him. Life really does go so much more smoothly when we know our role, and stay in it.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

You ARE blessed,

Sarah

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Steal My Show
By Toby Mac

So I’ll step out the way, I’ll give you center stage.
–TobyMac

Everyone knew who John the Baptist was. Crowds poured into the countryside to hear him speak. He was influential, and controversial. He was God’s chosen vessel.

John’s purpose was to call the people of God to repentance. His mission was to prepare their hearts for the arrival of their Messiah. It was arguably the most important job ever given to one man. Jesus himself said of John that among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist. That’s a strong endorsement.

Today, we see all around us how power and influence can corrupt; in business and politics, even in religion. The truth is, we don’t have to look any further than our own hearts to see how we can be tempted. Give us any little advantage and often our first instinct is to use it for our own gain. It was no different in John the Baptist’s day. Those who had power were tempted and frequently corrupted by it.

But John stands in stark contrast, and the thing that sets him apart is his humility. For all his power and influence, John never started believing it was about him. In the third chapter of John, John the Baptist’s own disciples came to him, seeming worried. They had just discovered that the crowds that once followed John, were now following Jesus instead. They were probably jealous for their Rabbi’s reputation. But John, in utter humility, replies The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.

From the moment Jesus began his public ministry, John willingly embraced the truth that his own moment in the spotlight was over. He had merely been a faithful servant, a friend of the bridegroom. It wasn’t his show. It never had been. John was just the warmup act. Christ was the headliner. And rather than clinging to the remnants of whatever position and influence he might have kept for himself, John released it all and stepped aside, that the glory of Christ might be revealed.

That makes John the Baptist a great example for all of us. When we catch ourselves starting to become concerned about our own status or reputation, it’s time to remember whose show it really is, and to humbly step out of the way.
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Song that goes with this devo:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=HOeLa2Qefa0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHOeLa2Qefa0

Is The Path You’ve Chosen Killing You?

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It’s not too late to start again. You get to choose the road you take, and you get to choose how long you stay on that path. If you’re finding yourself on the wrong path today, I encourage you to STOP, change direction, and start journeying down the right path. In reading The Word, you will find much encouragement and direction for your journey. You’re not in this alone. There are brighter days ahead!

Take a minute or two and read Psalm 103, I think you will find it very helpful. 🙂

My prayers are with you on this journey to growth!

You are blessed,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

A NEW ROUTE
By: Joel Osteen

I know people who feel like they’ve wasted years of their lives because of poor choices. They spent years in a relationship that was toxic, years with an addiction, years at a job where they weren’t fulfilled. But you have to realize, nothing you have been through is ever wasted. Your past experiences, good and bad have deposited something on the inside of you. Those challenges have sharpened you to help make you who you are today.

When the enemy brings hardship into your life, God has a way of taking that experience and turning it around for your advantage. You may think you’ve hit a dead end, but if you’ll stay in faith, you will see God begin to open up a new route. He’ll put the right people in your path, the right opportunities, the right circumstances to move you forward toward your God-given destiny.

Today, don’t focus on what’s happened in your past, focus on what God will do in your future. He wants to restore your soul and revive your dreams. Keep believing, keep expecting, keep hoping because God has a new route for your future!

Prayer:
Father God, I come humbly before You today. I give You my past, present and future knowing that You will redeem my life. I release those who have hurt me, I choose forgiveness so I can be free to move forward in the new route You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture:
He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence. (Psalm 103:3-5 MSG)

Angry With God?

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There’s not much more I can add to the words this author, Kent Crockett, has written. He’s said it beautifully. I guess the only thing I can offer is this..Can God take our anger? Absolutely. But does He deserve our anger? Never.

Blessings to all of you, I pray you have a beautiful weekend. That you take many opportunities to grow, even when it’s not easy. That you are choosing joy, and blessing others with your words and actions as you go. Believe me, I know it’s easier said than done sometimes. But it’s worth it.

– Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Are You Angry at God?
By: http://www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com/

Jonah had gone up and down the streets of Nineveh preaching that God would destroy them in 40 days (Jonah 3:4). When the people of Nineveh repented, God decided that He wouldn’t destroy the city because their hearts had changed. How did Jonah respond? “But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry” (Jonah 4:1). The Hebrew word for angry means “furious.” Jonah was burning with anger against God because he thought He had made a mistake.

Do you understand why you get angry? We get angry because someone is doing something that we don’t want them to do, or they are not doing something we want them to do. Someone is not meeting our expectations! We get angry at God for the same reason. We’re mad at God because we think He has made a mistake. We want Him to do something for us, but He isn’t obeying our wishes. He hasn’t answered our prayers by our deadline. He’s not meeting our expectations.

How can we stop being angry at God?

First, realize we don’t have all the information that He has. Dt. 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord”… and He’s not obligated to tell us. If we knew that He knows, we would sheepishly say, “Oooooohhh, that’s why!” When we stand before Him, He will answer all our questions, but until then, we must continue to trust Him.

Second, we’ve got to stop blaming God. God gets blamed for so many things He doesn’t do. Just read Job 1-2 to see how Satan likes to cause destruction and then pin the blame on God.

Third, we must lower our expectations. We get angry because we want God to meet our demands. That’s pride, and we know that “God resists the proud but give grace to the humble” (James 4:6). It could be that your anger at God is actually keeping you from being blessed. Humble yourself and ask God’s forgiveness. If you will, you’ll find that your anger will vanish.

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