Faith in Work: Finding Joy in the Day to Day

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I just finished Tim Keller’s book Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. I appreciated this book because it showed the importance of seeing value in our careers regardless if you are in corporate or ministry.

Tim gave an example of a doorman at an apartment in New York, who was known by the residents for his positive attitude and how he took pride in helping people. He took the initiative to learn the residents’ name and when asked why he took so much pride in his work, he mentioned how it’s the people in the building that he cares about.

When I read this story, it reminded me of the security guard at my employer who knows every employee by name. He is the first person you will see in the morning and he makes sure the elevator is waiting on you. He takes pride in the people at the office. He brings joy early in the morning. When he is not there, you miss his presence. He simply radiants with Christ’s love.

Colossians 3:23 says “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

It is so easy to get bogged down in the day to day tasks that you find yourself losing joy in what brought you to work. When you’re constantly listening to people complain, surrounded by deadlines and work politics, it’s hard to find the energy to press on but what if we truly approached work as it is unto the Lord? Not to make our boss look good or to make the company more money, but if we can commit to walking in the light every day so that those who may not know God will sense something different through our presence.

There may be someone on the job who may only know Christ through you. There may be people who need to see an example of a servant leader. Or maybe that company needs your help to bring a new sense of purpose.

There are so many reasons as to why God has you where you are, but friends, know that it is on purpose. Let’s be committed to working smart and  intentionally being the salt and light in the workplace.

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All in the Details

pexels-photo-268941.jpegI’ve recently been studying the different covenants God made with man. This has been very intriguing to look at the story of Noah, Abram, Issac and Jacob in a new light. As interesting as each of the covenants have been; there is one thing that specifically stood out to me and it’s the details.

If you take a moment to read Genesis 15:9: The Lord told Abram, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

God was very specific in what He wanted sacrificed. He was specific in what He spoke.

As I pondered on this more, I began to wonder why we limit God in thinking that He can’t give specifics today. God was meticulous in how He formed the world, how He knit us together in our mother’s womb, and how He created us as masterpieces; yet when we approach Him in prayer, we put limitations on what He can do.

Maybe you are believing God for something in this season and you are looking for specifics, I pray that you are reminded of how He can and will provide the details needed to make the right decisions.

Let us remember that He is a God who specializes in the details but it is up to us to seek, pray and believe.

 

 

 

Court the Bible

pexels-photo-372326.jpegI recently read an article about marrying the bible this year and it made me ask myself what if we truly approached the Bible as we would a new courtship? When you first begin to court, you have these butterflies that fill your heart. You are constantly thinking about the conversations throughout the day. You are intentional.

The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8 NLT) so what would our lives look like if we approached God similar (and eventually better) than earthly relationships. If we set aside time to get to know Him: opening the Word daily and actively seeking to let it resonate in our hearts. That is when we will truly experience this love; God’s love.

My approach to the Word lately has been “Holy Spirit, teach me what it is that I am to learn about you today.”

I recognize how at times, reading the Bible can be difficult but as believers we can tap into the Holy Spirit, which lives on the inside of us, for wisdom and understanding.

As we continue to break old habits and start new ones, I want to recommend that we approach our daily readings with the intent to develop and strengthen an intimate relationship with God.

Let it be our goal to know Him (Philippians 3:10 CSB) this year. Let it be our greatest desire above anything else.

 

Wait Expectantly

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Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord

Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly- Psalm 5:3

There’s something special about the morning. The quietness before all of the day’s hustle. The reminder of  how we’ve been given another day on earth, another day to choose joy; yet it’s another day to press in to God.

I have found that to start my morning with Jesus (and a cup of coffee) sets the tone for the day ahead. It’s my protected time to open my Bible with no distractions and truly tune into whatever the Lord wants to say.

What better way to start your day then with our Heavenly Father. I desire His Holy Spirit to teach me more about His word, I desire to be filled and reminded throughout my day, but friends, I desire to know Him better and to seek Him.

He desires for us to bring our requests to Him and to wait for Him to provide. My biggest mistakes come from going ahead of God and not waiting. No one enjoys the wait; yet when we choose to wait, at just the right time He will bring whatever it is to pass. At just the right time, He will provide.

I love how this Psalm ends with “expectantly”, which means the excitement for what’s to come. Whenever I book a trip, I remain in a place of excitement for the trip ahead. It doesn’t matter if the trip is just around the corner or if I have to wait six months to hop on the plane, I stay excited because I know it is coming. 

Why do we approach our requests to God any differently? The airlines can cancel the route, the weather can completely cancel out the trip; yet I disregard all of that and remain excited because the trip is booked and therefore, I know I’m going.

Is our God not more faithful than anything in this world? Yet, I have been guilty of asking and being unsure if it will come to pass. I believe when we bring our requests to God, we can stay in a place of excitement because God will work out the details for our good. It doesn’t matter when it will happen, we have to remain full of faith that at the right time, it will.

God wants more believers to devote themselves to dwelling in Him and remaining excited about what He can and will do in our lives.

Will you make a decision to stay in a place of faith and expectancy?

 

 

 

Healthy Living in 2018

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A couple of months ago, I watched the documentary What the Health, thanks to a friend who decided to wreck my entire life. This documentary was hard to watch yet informative. It made me think a lot about the foods I put into my body.

Am I becoming vegan? Well no.

Although I don’t eat terribly bad, it made me think about making a lifestyle change not just for me but a lifestyle which would include how I chose to raise my unborn children.

Whenever I bless the food, I always include …”let it be a nourishment to our bodies,” which essentially means let it supply us with what’s needed to strengthen us in our health and bodies.

I’ve said this prayer out of habit since I was a child, but if we if really lived with the mindset of strengthening ourselves.

I know we just finished feasting on Thanksgiving and Christmas which is the easiest excuse for us to eat, eat and eat. And honestly I’m not saying not to eat your favorite foods, I am suggesting that we be mindful of the foods that we eat on a daily basis, still treating ourselves to those “like to haves” but making our choices smarter.

As the New Year’s resolutions and goals begin to take shape, I want to recommend that you set a realistic goal to be healthy in 2018. To truly be committed to being mindful of what you eat and grabbing a friend to workout with a couple of times a week. You owe it to yourself to be healthy, strong, and equipped for whatever God is calling you to do.  Whatever it is, you will need the energy and the willpower to do it. Prepare now so that you’re ready when He reveals himself to you.

The Start of New Beginnings

Group of people hugging outdoors; sunset2017 had a very difficult start but one thing I quickly learned is I could either dwell in the tough moments or become a student of it. No one is exempt from the storms of life but if you commit to seeing the lesson in the storm; it can change your perspective and set the tone for the remainder of the year.

I’m so thankful that during personal storms, standing in prayer for others and seeing the physical storms this year that I was still able to hear the whispers of hope. Although 2017 wasn’t always great; I was committed to making memories & choosing joy anyways.

I’m grateful to close this year out strong but even more grateful for the start of new beginnings.

Whatever you’re believing for in 2018, my prayer is that you truly commit to the journey and the lessons along the way. There will be good and bad days ahead but if God is our rock and salvation, we will not be shaken (Psalm 62:6).

Let Your Light Shine

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You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV).

When I was younger, I remember my parents would tell my sister and I to keep a flashlight by our nightstand. We had once scattered the home looking for matches and a flashlight before so this was our way of keeping it handy in case the power ever went out.

When storms would come and temporarily knock out our power, we had a source that would illuminate our room and bring a sense of calmness.

In the same way, we as Christians are called to illuminate this dark world that we live. Each and every one of you has a calling to reach someone who may not know Jesus. You are called to bring light to a dark situation.

The typical lamp used in Jewish homes was very small but produced maximum illumination. Although you may feel small or inferior, you have already been granted access so that through the Holy Spirit, you can bring maximum illumination to someone’s life by drawing them closer to their Savior.

There is someone in this world waiting to be saved through your obedience. He or she may not even realize it yet but through your obedience to use what God has placed in your hands, will help open the heavens for them to experience God in a fresh way.

I want to encourage you to not keep your gifts or your story to yourself. Use it in a way that brings glory to God and helps bring someone to His kingdom.

Before I close, I want to leave you with the Message translation to help shed more light to this scripture.

 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG).

How will you begin to use your light to shine for someone else?

Music to My Heart

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I have always had a very eclectic taste in music and what I’m listening to really depends on what I need in that moment. Lately, I have truly experienced worship on another level. There’s always a line or two of a song that resonates with exactly what I need at any given time. Sometimes it may simply be a song that I keep on repeat throughout the whole week.

There’s something about the words that provide comfort and sometimes even spark interest to look up scriptures for full context.

I wanted to share some worship songs that I love; these songs set the tone for my meeting place with Jesus.

As we gear up for the holidays, I hope that you find comfort, hope and joy through some of my favorites right now.

  1. Peace be Still. This song speaks to my heart in a special way. I have been so guilty of allowing fear to cripple me from taking the next step and this song provides comfort that even if I’m afraid, God is still with me; therefore I want to have the confidence to know if God tells me to go, I will do just that

2. Worship You Forever. This is my arms stretched wide song. This song is so simple but it is a sweet reminder of reverencing God for who He is.

3. Resurrecting. There’s something about the words “the resurrecting King, is resurrecting me” that gets me every time. This song reminds me of what our Savior endured so that I may live.

4. Holy Spirit. I love this sweet song because it invites the Holy Spirit to meet me where I am.

5. Speak to the Silence. This song was on repeat at the beginning of the year. The words “speak to the silence of my heart” and “I will wait for you,” has truly been my anthem. Although I may still tend to go ahead of God at times, I make a conscious effort to wait on the Lord to speak to me.

6. Yes; The song brings tears to my eyes every time. There’s something about the simplicity of saying yes to God and truly surrendering your plans over to Him. This song is highly encouraged to listen with a box of Kleenex handy

7. Christ is Enough. I heard this song for the first time during baptism at my church and it was as if a revelation hit me that He is indeed enough. It doesn’t matter if He ever does anything else for me; He is simply enough.

8. Spirit Break Out. The lyrics to this song remind me of how our praise and worship you should look like “a sound of heaven touching earth”

9. Gracefully Broken. This song reminds me of the beauty behind our brokenness.

10. Set a Fire; this song makes me want to do a lap across the room or simply fall to my knees. My constant prayer is to desire more of God and less of me

I hope you will enjoy these songs as much as I do. I’d love for you to drop me a note and let me know what song speaks to your heart during worship. It is my prayer that we always keep a song in our hearts to reverence our God.

 

 

My Heart is With You

Open book on wooden table on natural blurred background. Heart book page. Back to school. Copy SpaceFor though I am far away from you, my heart is with you.” – Colossians 2:5 (NLT).

So much joy fills my heart when I read this scripture.

There are some days where I truly feel that the Lord is near and with me. There are moments where I look up and know that it was the Lord speaking through me and who cleared the path for a given situation.

However there are moments (and sometimes seasons) where He seems distant. Prayers go unanswered, it’s as if He isn’t speaking to me at all and I simply just don’t feel His presence.

This sweet verse nestled in Colossians comforts me during those times. I love that regardless of how I may not feel Him near, I, as a child of the King, have His heart with me wherever I go.

My prayer is that in those silent seasons, that you will lean a little more into your Savior; that you always remember that He is with you wherever you go. It doesn’t matter how you may feel, remember the truth of His words which says “My heart is with you.

 

 

 

Being In Community with Others

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One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. -Proverbs 18:24

I remember as a teenager, rolling my eyes at my mom (as I walked away of course because I wasn’t crazy) anytime she would tell me “your friends say a lot about you.”

My grandfather would always say “don’t let everyone ride in your car.”

All of these quotes, which relate to who you surround yourself with, were annoying as a child but I can see the fruit of it as an adult.

As my grandmother would say “we all need friends”, which is true. We are not meant to do life alone. Life is hard and we all need someone to walk through it with.

I believe the Lord created each of us to be in community with others.

As much as I tend to recharge alone, I love being in community with friends and family.

I’ve seen the importance of the people in my circle. I have seen the joys of laughing, brainstorming and sometimes even crying together.

However I have also seen the struggles of wanting more for my friends than they wanted for themselves. I’ve watched friends go down a dangerous path and align themselves with people who meant them no good. I’ve seen the struggles of praying from a distant while yearning for more closeness.

I’ve seen both sides of the spectrum but yet the truth remains the same. The people you align with can either strengthen you or cause you to completely get off track.

Friendships are so vital. The right friends are needed to cover you in various seasons of life.

If you are searching for the right people to be in community with, I want to encourage you to seek the guidance of our Heavenly Father as He knows exactly what you need in this season. Ask Him to guide you and open your heart towards new friendships. I believe He will meet you where you are and provide exactly what you need.