Don’t Block Your Blessings

In my research to become a life coach I would come across tons of coaches who proclaimed that they could help their clients ‘get out of their own way.’ Other coaches promised to help clients get ‘unstuck’.

Today during my prayer time I believe I heard the Holy Spirit say ‘get out of your own way.’ I had been praying about getting closer to God and asking Him to purify my heart and help me give Him my all. What I gathered as a I prayed is that when I disobey I am blocking my own blessings-in other words, getting in my own way thereby making me feel stuck and stagnant.

I always hesitate to discuss my own walk with the Lord and areas I struggle with obedience in because I don’t want to be judged. However, in the interest of transparency I will share.

One thing I struggle with is overeating. Even after losing and keeping off over 75 lbs, this is still an area I wrestle with. But if I can’t heed the Holy Spirit when He tells me to stop eating how can He trust me with bigger things?

You may feel this is small, but I believe this is how we block our blessings. We hold on to those little habits, those little things that no one else sees and so we tell ourselves it’s not a big deal. But the Bible says,

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. Song of Solomon 2:15 NIV

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Deuteronomy 8:1 NIV

The Lord expects us to follow every command He gives us, not just the ‘big’ ones. I think many of us tend to think that if we are not committing sexual sin, ‘going to the club’, murder, lying etc then we are ok. But anything that God leads you to do or (not do) personally that you do not obey is sin. Sin is sin.

God gives us commands because He sees the big picture and knows what is best for us. I often have to remind myself that God is not a fun snatcher. He doesn’t give commands just to flex his power or for kicks. They are always for His glory and our good.

In the Old Testament God often instructed the Israelites not to marry other peoples. Not because of what we today know of as ‘race’ but because these others often worshipped other gods and had other ungodly customs. We see in Judges 16 the popular story of Samson and Delilah. Samson’s romantic relationship with a non-Israelite woman cost him everything. We can guess that Samson’s focus on his attraction for her made the wisdom of God seem silly, and even unnecessary.

God always has a purpose in what He tells us.

I hope this encourages you today to go all in with God. Obey His every command. Not because it’s easy, but so that you may “live and increase and may enter and possess” everything God has for your here and in the hereafter. Trust that God wants to favor you and bless you as a result of your obedience as He did David, and Ruth and Hannah.


“Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God… Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Let’s pray:

Lord thank you for your goodness, mercy, and love. Lord we know that we can’t earn Your grace and can never deserve Your blessings. However, we do know that You keep Your promises and Your Word doesn’t return to You void (Isaiah 55:11). Please Lord give us the grace to be obedient and even joyful in our obedience. Help us God to love You with our whole hearts. Let our obedience be an outpouring of that love .

In Jesus’s name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Celebrate God’s Love

When I was a kid my mother always made a big deal about birthdays. Birthdays were never just another day or brushed over. A cake and a few birthday wishes would be considered just the beginning at my house. I had epic birthday celebrations growing up. These celebrations taught me the importance of celebrating life and those we love. They taught me the value of enjoying life just because you’re blessed to be alive.

John 10:10 NLT says,

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Jesus came that we may have and enjoy an abundant life (John 10:10 AMPC). His desire is that we walk joyfully through our days with gratitude and peace in our hearts.

I must admit that I have not always understood this or believed this to be true. Because of some the teaching I grew up under I did not believe that God cared if I enjoyed life. I felt His chief and maybe only concern was that I be obedient and pious. My enjoyment? Inconsequential.

What is helping me get over this incorrect theology is truly embracing God’s love for me. If I truly believe God loves me why would I think He wouldn’t want me to enjoy the life He died to give me? I love my children a great deal. I definitely want them to be obedient and respectful, but it is just as important to me that they enjoy their lives. It is just as important that they enjoy the things I am able to give them and they have joy and peace in their little hearts. Why?

Because I love them.

This morning in my quiet time I heard, “Celebrate God’s love.’ The latin root of the word celebrate means frequented or honored. How do we honor God’s love?

  1. We acknowledge it and embrace it. We cannot celebrate something that we don’t truly believe is there. We must not just say that we believe God loves us, we must receive that love in our hearts. I believe to truly do that, we must spend time in His presence and bask in it. That way, it’s no longer heresay. We experience it for ourselves right there ins HIs presence where there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
  2. We obey Him. John 14:15 says, If ye love me, keep my commandments. In order to truly celebrate and honor God’s love we must respond to His love in obedience. This obedience is not out of fear of consequences or even out of duty, but out of love and devotion.
  3. We confess it and tell others about it. When I celebrate something I am loud about it. I speak it out of my mouth. I post on social media about it. I think about it and I’m happy about it. We should do this and more in light of His unfailing, everlasting love for us.

Have you celebrated God’s love for you recently? Not in an abstract way, but have you really thought about it? Take some time this week to meditate on His love for you and on the provision, protection, grace and mercy that has flown out of that love directly into your life. Think about how that love led Him to the cross and compelled Him to endure great sorrow, pain, torture and separation from God for us. Thank Him for His heart for you. A heart that sacrificed everything so that you and I could have and enjoy abundant life.

Let’s pray.

Awesome God. Thank you. There are no words to express our gratitude for your great love, your graciousness, and your kindness. Please continue to draw us to you with your lovingkindness according to Jeremiah 31:3. Lord please give us moldable hearts and teachable spirits so that we can promptly respond to your love with devoted obedience. Help us God. We cannot do it on our own. Thank you for your love and patience toward us. Helps us to walk uprightly before you today and everyday.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

The Work is Finished

Once for my birthday my husband planned an epic surprise. He simply told me to pack a bag and that we were going on a short trip. Little did I know that ‘short trip’ was a flight to Vegas! Not only did he secure airplane tickets and a hotel room, but he also invited two of my best friends who magically appeared in Vegas too.

It was amazing.

Half of the greatness of the gift was not in the trip or the shows we saw or even in my friends showing up. The beauty of it was that I didn’t really have to do anything. He secured a babysitter for our then two boys. He found a flight. He booked the hotel. He researched Vegas shows he knew I’d like. He meshed schedules with my friends and invited them along. He kept it a surprise for weeks.

All I had to do was show up with my bags packed and say yes.

Any wife/mom will tell you that this is the stuff of dreams. Most of our lives as busy women is chock full of planning, prepping, organizing, cleaning, cooking, working etc. Imagine the man you love doing all that for you and all you have to do is show up?

I’ve been reading the book of Hebrews during my quiet time the past few weeks. Never has it been so clear to me before this study that Jesus has already done all the heavy lifting on the cross.

His work on the cross is finished. Finito. Done. Complete.

It’s not like I didn’t already know this, but through this study God has really allowed it to seep into my heart. I am something of a perfectionist and fight daily to not feel like I have to earn God’s love. This truth that God is allowing to take root in my heart is so unbelievably refreshing and freeing.

Yes, I need to be obedient.

Yes, I must continue to press toward the mark.

But not because I need to earn my way to heaven. My precious, beautiful, self sacrificing savior Jesus already earned my way to heaven. He already by paid the price for my sin. The heavy lifting has been done.

Just like that trip to Vegas all we need to do is just show up bags packed and say yes.

 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[f] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.  That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. Hebrews 9:14,15 NLT

Our obedience, our ‘works’, are the easy part-just like packing that bag and showing up to get the plane. Jesus’s torment and death was the real work. Just like when my husband painstakingly planned that trip. He did the major work. I just showed up and reaped the benefits.

Yes we still have to do our part. I couldn’t sit at home and paint my nails and expect to reap the benefits of that trip. But because we know the work and sacrifice that went into our salvation, and how little God requires in return in comparison to the benefits we reap, we can show up with a joyful yes. A yes that is willing, voluntary and expectant.

 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.  For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Romans 8:18-19 NLT

I hope this encourages you today to trust in Jesus’s finished work in the cross. I hope it frees you to love Him and accept the benefits of this work gratefully, joyfully, and freely so that you can walk in the freedom He paid for us all to enjoy.

Let’s pray.

Lord we thank you for your finished work on the cross. Thank you Lord for your grace and your love. Thank you for your salvation plan. Please help us God to receive your love and your grace with hearts wide open. Please help to get rid of any works mentality. Help us to receive to not believe the lies of the enemy. Help us God to be obedient because we love you and want to stay near you. God we love you. Please let your perfect will be done in our lives.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

I Give Myself Away

Have you ever given something to someone -perhaps love, affection, a gift- and been afraid that you wouldn’t get anything back? That perhaps you’d put yourself out there and not receive so much as a thank you in return?

When we choose to obey God we are giving our will, our very lives over to Him. We are entrusting Him with our most valuable possession-ourselves. This takes trust and faith-belief that He not only knows best, but wants what’s best for us and intends to give us what’s best.

I recently read that all disobedience to God stems from unbelief. So, if we are disobedient it is because we don’t believe. We don’t believe that we are hearing from God. We don’t believe that God is right. We don’t believe God will reward our obedience. We don’t believe that the inconvenience, discipline, or effort that the obedience might take will pay off.

But these are lies from the pit of hell.

The truth is that we cannot out give God.

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. Luke 6:38 NKJV

The truth is that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

The truth is His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. Jeremiah 29:11-12

The truth is that if we obey Him, He will bless us. Deuteronomy 28:1-14

The truth God is able to do far more than we can imagine. Ephesians 3:20

I encourage you today, as I encourage myself to cut off the enemy’s lies with God’s word. However hard it may seem, the reward is far greater. Of course we are not just talking earthly rewards. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 The reward of spending eternity with our heavenly Father far outweighs any effort or ‘hardship’ our obedience here on Earth might cause.

However, the earthly rewards are there too.

 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [b]overflows). John 10:10 AMPC (emphasis mine)

Let’s pray.

Lord we thank You for Your grace and mercy. We thank you for Your love. Please God forgive us for rebelling against Your word. Please give us a holy reverential fear of You. Please help us to realize that You know all and see all and know best. Please help us to know deep in our core that your plans for us are good and that You only instruct us for our own benefit. You don’t need us or desire to make us miserable. Your plans for us are good and flow out of Your great love for us. Have Your way in us Holy Spirit.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Anxious for Nothing

I never worried much as a young person. I considered myself an eternal optimist and found even realistic people to be gloomy and ‘negative’. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that I’m no longer so quick to think positively.

I’m not sure if it’s becoming a mother that has made me more prone to worry or just age, but I can be found worrying about one thing or another more often these days.

The Bible says,

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([b]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [c]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [d]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

One definition of fret is to gradually wear away (something) by rubbing or gnawing. It seems to me that the enemy uses worry-constant negative thoughts about whatever-to slowly gnaw away at our peace, our trust in God. He knows that if He can get us to worry, He can then plant seeds of doubt which ultimately rob of us our faith. It’s faith that pleases God, it’s faith that was counted to Abraham as righteousness. It’s our faith that God uses as a vehicle to get our blessings to our door.

The scripture says that we should pray about everything. Not some things, or only spiritual things. God is concerned about every area of our lives. In fact I think it increases our intimacy with Him when we get in the practice of bringing the smallest and the biggest (and everything in between) things to Him. I think it shows Him that we trust His sovereignty and are resting in His love and care for us. I Peter 5:7 MSG version says that God is “most careful with us.” This makes me think of how careful, gentle, and attentive a mother is to her newborn baby. The mother’s ears are attuned to any little sound the baby makes. Even a hint of a cry sends the mother running to the baby’s side.

God wants our requests. He wants to hear from us. But we must almost be careful to pray in faith and with thanksgiving. We must come before His presence with singing in worship and praise. We can thank Him in advance for and answering our request or simply thank Him for who He is. The commentary I read said that this prevents us from going to God whining and complaining.

Once we’ve come to God, we can walk away with peace that we can’t explain. Peace is a weapon of our warfare. The enemy wants us to worry, fret, have anxiety, be full of strife and doubt so that we can be defeated. He wants our eyes on our problem instead of on God. But once we heed v. 6 we can expect to receive the peace of God. This peace of a soul assured of God’s love and mercy is perpetually unbothered by circumstances. Notice from the amplified version that the peace isn’t from assurance that everything will work out the way we want it, but it comes from knowing that we are saved and therefore have nothing to fear and can be content.

I think the more focus we have or the more we idolize temporal things (including our jobs, marriages, or bank accounts) the more prone we are to worry. But if our focus is on Jesus then there’s much more room for consistent joy because He has not and will not change. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever more.

Let’s pray.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you for being good and rich in mercy. Thank you for your grace. Lord please forgive me for worrying and not trusting in you completely. I pray that I will truly be anxious for nothing and find my contentment in you and your consistency. Please help me to keep my eyes on you and your goodness. Please let the joy of the Lord be my strength.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Let Go, Let God

I like to control things. I feel real good about a day when I feel things are going according to my schedule and plan. I feel I can handle most things as long as I know what’s going to happen so that I can ‘get my mind right’ and prepare for it. I’m not into mysteries-I don’t want to ‘figure it out’ and I certainly don’t like to wait for much of anything.

I just want to know and now.

I’m sure you can see how this all can cause a bit of a problem for a fallible human being without a universe of her own to control. I currently have a situation in my life that has weighed heavily on me for quite some time. I have tried everything I know how to do, and some things I don’t, to fix it. I have prayed, I have fasted, I have read books, listened to sermons, read blogs, sought wise counsel. However, the situation remains problematic.

Recently, while in prayer God told me very simply, yet firmly, to let it go. This is not the first time He has told me this, but it is the first time that I have actively tried to obey Him because I am finally at a point where I realize this is really not a battle that I can win (2 Chronicles 20:1-29) in my own strength. I can choose to keep trying to fight it alone, but I’d just be spinning my wheels.

With this in mind, below are few ways the Holy Spirit is helping me to let go, and let God.

Trust God.

 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:16-17 AMPC

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6 AMPC

God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). His thoughts toward us can’t be numbered. He is for us and not against us (Romans 8:31) and has great plans toward us (Jeremiah 29:11). Of course, we must start with trusting Him. Knowing that when we do, He will put us on the right path.

Look back.

We all have testimonies of things that God has done for us. If it’s nothing more than the breath in your body-God has done something for all of us that we can look back on and remember His goodness and faithfulness toward us.

That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, What do these stones mean to you? Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever. Joshua 4:6, 7

In the chapter before this passage God had just miraculously made way for hundreds of thousands of Israelites to cross over the impassable river Jordan. Here Joshua instructs the people to leave stone markers to remember this great miracle and sign of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

We need to do the same. When we get discouraged, wondering if and when God is going to show up, we need only remember all the times He’s blessed us in the past. We must keep a praise on lips and a melody in our hearts with a laser focus on God’s goodness, mercy and love (Ephesians 5:19). Other verses on God’s faithfulness to reference include Numbers 23:19 and Deuteronomy 7:9.

Have faith.

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 AMPC

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27 AMPC

Sometimes situations can seem so bleak and look so opposite from what we desire that it’s simply difficult to believe with our finite human minds that things can change. But faith is not about what we can see with our physical eyes. Faith requires that we be convicted, sure of the existence of things that we can’t even see…yet. Faith requires that we believe that God can do the impossible. In fact God specializes in the impossible. When things are beyond our ability and control I believe that’s when God can really roll up His sleeves and get to work. That’s when He can get all the glory because we’ll know beyond a shadow of doubt that it’s Him who did it and not us.

Let God.

 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 AMPC

I’ve learned that this does not mean that God will definitely give you what you ask for. But it does mean that when we put things in His hands, He will give us peace. The kind of peace that cannot be purchased or achieved with yoga, or mindfulness or any other thing. It’s a God peace. It also means that God will grant us contentment no matter the outcome.

This is how we let go. Trusting God’s ability and sovereignty and putting it all in His capable and righteous hands.

This soul rest in God is my heart’s desire for me and you. The ability to have peace, rest and contentment as we watch God fight our battles.

Let’s pray.

Lord Your goodness is beyond measure and beyond my ability to articulate. Help us Holy Spirit to love and serve You wholeheartedly which is our reasonable service. Please forgive us God for not trusting You and taking matters into our own hands. We declare Your goodness today and thank You for Your faithfulness. We put every circumstance, situation, problem and concern in Your capable hands. Thank You in advance for making a way out of no way. Thank You for doing what You know in Your infinite wisdom is best.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Cast Your Cares, Fulfill Your Purpose

The definition of cast is to throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction. What an energetic word! In 1 Peter 5:7 the word says,

 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMPC

Casting our cares upon Him means we are literally throwing our worries away from us. Not to tomorrow, not to another person, not buried deep in our soul under ice cream, alcohol or some other self medication, but directly to God.

When we intentionally cast our cares we inevitably lighten our load. A lighter load means an easier more fulfilling journey to purpose not burdened by the weight of worries and anxiety.

The scriptures before 1 Peter 5:7 speak of the importance of humility and dependence on God. Pride, the opposite of humility, causes us to think that we can handle our lives all on our own and thus do not need God. Pride comes before a fall, and leads to constantly being hurt and offended (how dare they do this to me?).

Worst of all God opposes the proud.  That means when you are full or pride/self-reliance/independence (from God) you are resisting His help and His will. He therefore then resists you.

Not a good look.

We must clothe ourselves in humility-much the way Jesus put on an apron before washing the feet of the disciples. People’s feet in these times were filthy with caked on dirt and dung from their travels in sandals.  If Jesus Himself can stoop so low as to wash animal feces off the feet of his own followers, can we not humble ourselves and serve God and others?.

Once we are clothed in humility we are then in a position to cast our cares. The humble know enough not to rely on themselves for much of anything. They know that the true way up is down.

Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you…1 Peter 5:6 AMPC

As you press on in these unprecedented times working to live out your purpose and reach your goals, remember that if you humble yourself God will exalt you in due time. As you walk in humility, intentionally and forcefully cast your cares at the feet of Jesus. Then you can waltz into your purpose lighter, more productive and full of joy.

Let’s pray.

Lord, we thank you for your Word and grace and mercy toward us. Help us please Holy Spirit to clothe ourselves in humility and walk uprightly before you. Help us God to intentionally cast our cares at Your feet and walk away in peace knowing that you are most careful with us (1 Peter 5:7 MSG). Please God give us the grace to do your will and be pleasing in your sight. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Time for Some Self-Care!

We are living in such crazy, unprecedented times. It’s surreal these days to go the grocery store and see only the forehead and eyes of the person in line ahead of you. It’s tragic to watch video of people being murdered at the hands of police officers who are supposed to serve and protect. It’s unbelievable how many people have lost their lives to COVID-19.

But.

I believe that God is still with us. And I hope you do too. I believe that His purpose and will for our lives should now be even more evident and urgent. I will never tire of saying that God has a specific design and purpose for each of us. It is our responsibility to live out that purpose, now more so than ever.

I hope you will join me for an amazing experience on Saturday, August 8th. This unique event will combine two of my favorite things-dance fitness and motivation! We will spend the first portion discussing how to find motivation from within especially during such trying times.  Next, we will dance and sweat our hearts to music that no one could keep still while listening to.

You do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity for self care and encouragement.  We all deserve it! I’ll see you there!

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Figuring Out Who You Are

When walking with clients on the journey to discovering their purpose, one of the first questions we tackle is ‘who are you?’ Some people have a general idea of how to answer this question while others have no idea at all.

In order to understand the purpose of  a person or thing, one must know who or what it is.

Knowing yourself down to your core is crucial to knowing and living out your purpose.  Intimate knowledge of yourself facilitates optimal performance as you do what God put you on earth to do.  Click on the video below to learn three questions to ask yourself to figure out exactly who you are so that you can discover and live out your purpose.

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement

Most people wouldn’t jump into a car and attempt to drive somewhere they’ve never been without using their GPS. Very few people would try to cook a three course meal they’ve never made before without at least one or two recipes.  Yet many people attempt to accomplish their goals and live out their purpose without a personal mission statement.

A personal mission statement tells you (and the world) who you are, what your purpose is and how you intend to manifest that purpose.  In essence, it gives you a short road map to living out your purpose.  My personal mission statement is below:

Through life coaching, social media, and dance fitness I encourage and exhort women to discover and live out their God given purpose so that they can live meaningful and fulfilling lives.  

Here’s another example.

“To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.” 

-Amanda Steinberg, Founder of DailyWorth.com

As you can see, personal mission statements are short, but powerful.  In the video below I talk more about writing your own mission statement. It is my hope that this post spurs you begin writing your own mission statement.  Happy writing!