Motivation for Your Monday! God Instructions

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Yes, it’s Monday! Hope your weekend was restful and joyful.

In our verse today, Paul, who was still Saul at the time, was on his way to Damascus, when God came down from Heaven and blinded him with a bright light.  Talk about some change in someone’s life about to happen! God tells Saul, (my paraphrasing here), get up and get on into Damascus and there you will be given all the instructions you will need for your God assignment.

I don’t know about you, but I have made several moves in my life, some by choice, others not so much my choice.  Big moves, across country moves.  Some kicking and screaming. What I didn’t remember during those times was that I needed to just go.  Even if I had no idea why, God was calling and I needed to go.

What I found out was God did have some great plans for me when I opened up and trusted Him.  When I go to where he calls, I find that I learn so much about myself and those around me.  I learn that my life is more blessed than I could ever imagine when I just go and wait for His instructions.

What have you been called to do today?  Will you go?  Will you be open to the changes God is calling you to make in your life?

Love and Light,

Jane Ann

Relieve Your Anxiety With Prayer

 

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In the house I grew up in, my mom had Philippians 4:6 framed in the front bathroom my sisters and I shared.  If I had to guess why she chose to hang it over the toilet I would say to give us a little dose of Jesus each morning.  However to this day it is my go to verse along with Philippians 7  when I get that twinge of anxiety building up inside of me.

During our seasons of anxiety Philippians 4:6 is our instructions of what to do to relieve the anxiety we tend to want to grasp and hold on tightly to, like letting go of it would be a terrible thing.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6

We need to break the chains of fear that cause our anxiety by praying prayers of thanksgiving to God.  Not prayers of whining about the circumstances we are facing. But actually prayers thanking God for the season that cause anxiety.  As I wrote last week, God does not give us these seasons to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11) but to grow us.

Worry wastes, gratitude gives.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:7)

When we pray for God to relieve us of our anxiety with an attitude of gratitude we will be filled with peace.  As Philippians 4:7 tells us this will be a peace that is more than we can fathom.  God is that big, my friend.  Bigger than you and I can possibly imagine.

Worry wastes, gratitude gives.

I don’t know about you, but for me, I am tired of wasting time worrying about people, places, and things that are out of my control.  I would much rather bring it all to Jesus, with Thanksgiving, to have a wave of peace wash over me.

I say this, because I know it works.  I have been in a season of anxiety over my adult son.  As a mom I want him to make positive choices for himself.  He has actually made choices that could cause him some severe consequences.  Today, though, I  don’t waste time with worry and anxiety, I bring them to God with thanksgiving.  I pray for God’s will over the situation, because He is in control.  And when I do this continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17) God’s peace fills my soul.

During seasons of anxiety it is comforting to know that we have a God who loves us so much He is willing and wants to take away feelings of unease.

I hear God’s voice whisper softly on those days, Look up.  I am here and I am in control.

Heavenly Father, I pray today for those who are suffering from anxiety, worry, and fear.  I ask father that you will place your mighty hand on them and fill them with a sense of peace today to let them know you are near and in control of their circumstances.  I thank you today God for your love, grace, peace and most of all forgiveness.  In your precious son’s name I pray.  Amen.

Motivation for Your Monday! Hope In God!

 

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It’s another magnificent Monday!  Have hope in God’s love and compassion for you today, friend.  It’s a new day!  Let’s make it a great one!

Heavenly Father we come to you this Monday morning with so much going on in our lives. But we know we do not have to be consumed by these worldly concerns because your love and faithfulness are with us new each day.  Thank you Father for today! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

 

 

 

Trusting God’s Plan When We Want Comfort

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Many people, myself included, turn to Jeremiah 29:11 during times of suffering.  It is a beautiful piece of God’s Word, filled with an amazing promise for our lives. But are we clinging to this verse, hoping that God will wave some sort of magic wand and instantly take away all or our pain and suffering?  I personally haven’t read anywhere in the Bible where God plays the part of magician, friend.

To really understand the beauty of the message, we need to look back  a few verses to see what was happening in sixth century B.C.

If we start back at Jeremiah 29 :4 -7 God is telling His people, whom He had exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon, make this place your home. Then in verse 7 He says, “ Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

God is saying, trust me here folks, I know what I am doing? Stay put, make the best of it in this land by working hard, raising your families, worshiping me, and see what I can do.

Can you feel the frustration of God’s chosen people?  They want to go back to their “home” so desperately, but their Lord is saying, do not turn back to your comfort zone.  Believe in Me.  Have you ever been in this kind of situation?  Maybe not exiled to a foreign country, but a season in your life when you were trying something new, something out of your out of your comfort zone?  Or it could have been a big move across country to a new city like mine was ten years ago when God brought me kicking and screaming out of Texas to Kentucky!

Oh I was just like the Jews in Babylon, complaining how terrible the conditions were “out in the country” called Crestwood, KY. (It is actually very beautiful).  The house we rented didn’t have a disposal! What is a city girl to do!  Not to mention this house we rented was on something called a septic system?  What? I had to buy special toilet paper! Are you kidding me! The worst part, the closest mall was, at least, 20 miles or more away! “God get me out of the forsaken place!” (I actually said that out loud one day as I left a faculty meeting at the school where I was teaching. Not good.).  I wanted to run as fast as my short legs could take me back to Texas, my home for the past 20 years, my safe, familiar, home.  Not the plan, and I needed to find the real hope Jeremiah 29:11 was offering me.

Let’s get back to our story in Jeremiah 29, we left off at verse 8.

I love verses 8 and 9.  God tells His people,  these guys are coming around spreading lies about me.  They will call themselves “diviners” and “prophets”. What they will actually doing is tricking you into  believing  your hopes and desires are what God is calling you to do. However, the Lord says in verse 9, “I have not sent them.”  Basically, do not believe them, I am your God, trust me.

Even today in our lives, we have to watch out for these so-called “diviners”, telling us what we want to hear is God’s plan for us when in reality it just might be our own desires.  (More to come in January on knowing when we hear God’s calling).

Verse 10, “This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.”  Did he just say 70 years?  Yes He most certainly did.  Even in Sixth Century B.C, my friend, it was God’s timing not the timing of the people.

God wasn’t and isn’t going to just say, okay my chosen people, you don’t like Babylon so I will move you back to Jerusalem. (okay Jane Ann you don’t like Kentucky so I am moving you and your family back to Texas.)   No, that is not what our loving God does.  This is what he does, read on.

Now Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Read that verse again, this time though, put your name in place of the word “you”.

For I know the plans I have for ________,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper _____and not to harm ______, plans to give _______ hope and a future.

As believers in Christ Jesus, whose plans are these friend, ours or our Saviors?  Now here is the hope to cling to:

Listen in verses 12-14. as our Heavenly Father directs His people and us today.  I love these verses and if I could read them aloud to you it with be with the biggest smile on my face.  I imagine God with a big smile on His face and loving arms opened as he speaks:

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29: 12-14 NIV)

God was going to take his chosen people back to Jerusalem, but not until they learned to persevere through the tough seasons of change, a season out of their comfort zone that would last 70 years.

God wants the same for us today. We  can have the hope that God is always with us no matter what season we are going through here on Earth.  When we call to Him he hears us. It is our job to persevere, have faith in His plan and timing.  He will deliver us  out of the season when He sees fit. We are not going to live out this life perfectly, because if we did we wouldn’t need a Savior, now would we?

By persevering  we will find we have more Joy than we could have ever imagined.  We will have learned more about ourselves and grown exponentially.  We will be prepared to help others when it is their season.

One more thing, friend, God will deliver us from this world one day too, that is part of His plan too.  For it is written in the Gospel of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Believe with me today, friend.  If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, say yes to Jesus today.

This is the hope of Jeremiah 29:11.

 

 

Motivation for Your Monday!

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Welcome to another Monday!! It’s going to be a fabulous day no matter what you have going on in your world.  It is so wonderful that we get to choose our attitudes and we can change them for the good at any time.

If you woke up today on the “wrong side of the bed” its alright.  And I want you to know it’s okay not to be okay too.  We all have those days.  But we have the choice each day to choose our attitude even when things are going as we planned.

Monday challenge:

What is your current attitude?  Do you need to make a change for the better?  If so, ask God for the Holy Spirit to enter into you today to help make that change come about.  If you are on top of the world today, say a prayer of gratitude, and pray for a friend who needs a little love and hope today in choosing to make an attitude adjustment.

Love and Light,

Jane Ann