Happy Hump Day!
Hopefully your week is beautiful, your attitude of gratitude is opening unseen doors of possibilities, & being thankful is the secret sauce to life!
Prayer has always been a huge part of my life. Many years ago I learned praying for others removes the pressure & focus off my own circumstances & helps me focus on being a servant leader. I also believe in the laws of sowing & reaping or….Karma. I wish to stay on her best side & reap an abundant harvest of good vs evil. During the beginning of every year I participate in the Daniel Fast. This is as close to vegan as I’ll ever get! LOLOLOL! This is my routine for the first (21) days of the year as my sacrificial offering to God to direct my entire year. I attempt to plan, develop goals & specifically pray for those during this time. I’ve done this for the past (13) years. When I have important decisions to make, I’ll often do a shorter 7-10 day version of this. God has constantly & continually spoken clarity to me. I can’t begin to elaborate how many things have been avoided, happened, & surfaced because of this one simple step of obedience. Along with my goals & plans, I choose up to 5 people to target with prayer during those 21 days. I love seeing the hand of God move. It isn’t always how I picture, but He is infinite. For the rest of the year I’ve develop a list of people in my life who require daily or more often prayer support. Some are life-long friends who are battling cancer or other disease processes that are robbing them of a beautiful quality of life. Others are new found friends who have situations draining their joy. As God intervenes, I can cross names off my daily list. This is the greatest feeling in the universe! Sometimes….people mark themselves off. That’s hard to understand, but even Jesus knew when to stop investing in the lives of others. For instance….wiping the dust off His feet; recognizing their conscious has been seared as with a hot iron; having or turning them over to a reprobate mind; suggesting we can’t make a silk purse from a pigs ear; or casting our pearls before the swine. Pigs were really mentioned a lot weren’t they? Anyway….. people can choose not to change, harden their heart or whatever the situation may be. God gives each of us a will & even He refuses to move against it.
If you haven’t fallen to the points of no return mentioned above, I want to encourage you to embrace the promise of a loving Father who will never leave or forsake you. There’s been many times I’ve felt like my prayers were hitting the ceiling or He turned a deaf ear to me, but….it’s during those times I’ve grown to appreciate His faithfulness even more. It’s extreme testing, but regardless, I love & trust Him. Remember….He’s infinite!
I received the words below in an email today & I want to pass it on to you. It’s terrifyiing enough to face unpleasant situations, but even more so when you have to grin & bear it living up to other’s perception of who you are. If I may ask something of you, please do me a favor. Never mind me…..do yourself a favor! Please find someone to share the burdens of life with. Friends, support groups like Celebrate Recovery, church connect group, or counseling. Never, ever allow the unrealistic expectations of society dictate the need for you to put up a facade. This is an exhausting practice where you lose yourself in the game.
Be vulnerable at times.
Be honest with yourself.
Tear down the walls that keep people out, pain inside & hindrances preventing you from becoming your authentic self.
Be blessed & know you matter & your life is important.
You – God’s Prince & Princess – are destined to win.
He knows how tired you’ve become, just by trying to do and say all the right things.
Take that pressure off yourself, because He did not put it there.
The world may judge you by what they see and hear, but He looks within your heart.
He sees your desire to please Him, and He sees your struggle to please others.
If you want to win this endurance race, you must let go of your need for the approval of others, seek His will
and His pleasure.
Simplify your life, and let go of the burdens that weigh you down.
You’ll find His Grace will lighten your step,
and His favor will even draw others to join you!
Yes, at times you will stumble and fall.
He is there to help you get back up again – as often as it takes.
Make it your daily passion to run with Him, and He will carry you over the finish line of your faith.
Together you will win!
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
1 Corinthians 9:24