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A Heavenly Path Paved Just for You

When our lives begin to change and our future seems uncertain, it is understandable we begin to worry about whether we are on the path God set for us, or if we have strayed. However, instead of simply fretting about whether we are moving toward the destination God has planned for us, we can assess our journey and our path, then adjust accordingly. In other words, by keeping God and His ultimate plan in mind, we can ensure that we make the choices that will keep us on our heavenly path.

Here are 3 ways to ensure you are moving down your heavenly path:

  1. Understand that your actions—and your reactions—determine your destination. Many times, you will be in the driver’s seat, so to speak, when it comes to the major decisions of your life. However, on occasion, life will seem to simply happen to you. In both instances, it is important to recall that the way you behave dictates where you end up. For example, when Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery, and when he ended up in jail, Joseph didn’t despair. He didn’t even hold a grudge against his brothers. Instead, he found it in his heart to forgive them. In this way, he moved closer toward his destiny (and his eventual palace) by acting in an admirable way. His actions and his reaction to the unforeseen circumstance, led him to his heavenly destination. To ensure you stay on your heavenly path, recall the words: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those that enter by it are many.” Matthew 7:13 (ESV)
  2. Invest your little and trust that you will obtain more. In life, you may sometimes have to begin at an entry level, meaning you don’t have much in the way of compensation or responsibilities. While this may be a little disheartening, it is also a fabulous way to prove yourself. In the Scriptures, Jesus tells of a man who gave one of his servants five bags of gold to invest for him while the man was away. The servant took the amount he was given (not a terribly significant amount) and invested it, turning it into ten bags of gold by the time his employer had returned. As a reward, the man decided to give the servant more responsibilities. From this story, it is clear that even if you are in an entry-level position, you are able to turn what little you have into much more—especially if you keep your eye on your heavenly destiny. To remember this lesson, hold these words in your heart: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
  3. Remember your purpose when you make tough decisions. Making difficult choices is never a pleasant or simple task as taking responsibility for the outcome is frightening. However, rather than shying away from the choices in front of you, try to recall the story of King Balak and the prophet Balaam. Balak tried his very best to induce Balaam to curse the Israelites, offering him riches beyond his wildest dreams. Yet Balaam did not evade this decision, but instead gave Balaak a resounding NO, saying that he would never act against the will of the Lord. In other words, Balaam strode toward his destiny by confidently choosing God over everything else. Bring to mind your heavenly purpose the next time you are faced with a tough choice by remembering the words: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by ensuring you are on your heavenly path.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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Be Unafraid: Embrace God’s Call to Action

blog, callSometimes, when we hear the Lord call upon us to tackle an important task, we may ignore His voice. Instead of accepting that we were chosen to walk this path for a reason, we see all of our own shortcomings and flaws, and we decide that the call was meant for someone else. We turn our back on the duty our Father has called us to do because of our fear, doubts, and insecurities. Yet today, rather than turning our back or deferring to others, let’s own that call and take action.

How to answer God’s call to action:

  1. Trust that you were chosen for a reason. Even though you may feel as though you’re not the obvious choice for God’s mission, He has picked you because you are perfect for the job. For example, when the Israelites found themselves threatened by the Midianites, God chose Gideon to save them. Gideon was perhaps the last man one would consider when looking for a general to rally behind. He not only hid from the Midianites until the angel of the Lord came to find him, but he was also the weakest member of his family in the weakest clan of the Israelites. In other words, Gideon was not an obvious choice to save the Israelites, but God knew that he would be just the force they needed. So, although you may not seem to be the most connected, or influential, or strong, you were chosen for a reason. Simply have faith in yourself and in God’s choice, and find the courage to step out of your comfort and into your miracle. In your times of doubt recall these words: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
  2. Rely on His strength and take a step forward. When we are given a task from God, the magnitude of the issue can sometimes be overwhelming. In Gideon’s case, he asked God if he was the right man for the job over and over again since he wasn’t strong and he didn’t come from a powerful family or clan. Gideon felt as though the challenge of fighting off 100,000 Midianites wasn’t anywhere near something he could accomplish, so he stalled for a long time. Just as was the case with Gideon, we may sometimes feel as though we couldn’t possibly achieve a goal since we can’t even begin to see the finish line. Yet, when the task has been assigned by God, no problem is insurmountable. Simply rely on God’s strength, and anything is possible. All you have to do is take the first step forward. Remember these words to inspire you to take action: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
  3. Maintain your humility now and down the road. One of the most important parts of Gideon’s story is that he showed an incredible amount of humility—not only when he was chosen, but all the way up until he completed his task. Gideon realized that his strength and cunning alone could not overpower the Midianites, but that with God by his side, anything was possible. So, he never stopped giving credit to the Lord, and he continued to stave off arrogance and embrace sacrifice. That humility is one of the reasons that he was picked for the task of freeing the Israelites in the first place. It allowed him to never forget where his true power lay. To remind yourself of the importance of maintaining your humility—even after being handpicked for a task by the Lord—cling to these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by acting on God’s words to you.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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In Tragic Times, Christ Will Heal You

blog, tragicWe’ve all seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey has wreaked. Whether or not we’ve been personally affected, the hurricane has left us thinking about what we can do in the wake of terrible tragedy. In truth, the best thing we can do in these tragic situations is to help others while worshiping Christ.

Here are 3 methods to cope with tragedy when it strikes:

  1. Trust that Jesus is the resurrection. In the gospel of John, Jesus taught an incredibly important lesson through one of his last miraculous acts. In the Scripture, he allowed Lazarus to die so that he could bring him back from the dead four days later. The purpose waiting was so that God’s glory could be showcased through Lazarus’ revival. It showed that Jesus is the resurrection and that his light can be seen in the darkest of circumstances. Therefore, during those difficult times, the times when it feels as though everything has been taken from you, recall that Jesus, the resurrection, will restore everything to you. So today, hold Jesus’ power of resurrection in your heart and remember these words: “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)
  2. Make time for real worship. In stressful times, it can be difficult to remember to worship in the way God intended. For example, after Lazarus was raised from the dead, his sisters threw a gigantic celebration to thank Jesus. During the party, one of the sisters spent all of her time running around, trying to make everything perfect for Jesus. Because of all the stress she was under, this first sister neglected to sit by Jesus and hear his stories. However, the other sister spent the entire time sitting at Jesus’ feet and clinging onto his every word. Although the first sister meant well, Jesus pointed out that while she was chasing perfection, her sister had already found it and, in doing so, had worshiped him in the truest way possible. In other words, in times of stress it might be hard to focus wholly on worshiping Jesus in the unfailing way he intended, but it is more important than anything else you could possibly do. Therefore, hold these words in your heart: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3 (ESV)
  3. Show others endless mercy and compassion. Sometimes, it can be all too easy to ignore those in need. Take the story of the Good Samaritan. When a Jewish man was robbed, beaten, and left on the side of the road, several people passed him without helping before a Samaritan walked up to him, bandaged his wounds, and took him to an inn where he could further heal. In other words, the injured man was left for dead by numerous people before the Good Samaritan finally came to the rescue. So, in times of tragedy—and in your everyday life—make sure you treat others just as you would your neighbor since we are all brothers and sisters in God’s love. The next time you are debating whether or not to show compassion and mercy to another, keep these words in your heart:“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by remembering that Jesus will lead you through tragic times.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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God Is Guiding Your Steps

B Moments, blogWhen a situation arises that seems to completely throw us off the path we were on, it is sometimes difficult to accept. We may feel scared, anxious, or overwhelmed. We may even begin to question whether or not God is listening to our prayers. However, we need to remember that God is the one who guides our steps, and that He is leading us exactly where we need to go. So instead of worrying, trust that God is handling the situation and readying you for something great.

Here are 3 Ways to Confront Your Difficult Situation:

  1. Trust first, then seek understanding. When God teaches you, it is not always easy to understand His meaning. In fact, the disciples even had trouble discerning Jesus’ meaning when he used parables to instruct and guide them. So, don’t be anxious or upset when you don’t understand where God is leading you. Instead, set aside your desire for immediate understanding, and fill yourself with trust in the Lord. Just as the disciples found peace when they were able to let go of their overwhelming need to understand, you too will discover a new calm when you are able to simply trust that God’s hand in your life is leading you down the right path. Cling to these words to remember the importance of trusting the Lord: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
  2. Remember that God is handling it on all levels. There will be times when you pray for something significant, but it seems as though God is not answering. You may begin to believe that the Lord is not even listening. However, God is always near and is, in fact, guiding you according to His plan. To remember this, consider the fact that there are little things in your life that are lining up thanks to His hand. Although they might not seem incredibly significant, or may just be small details in your life that are coming together, know that God is the one orchestrating the success of the little things. If the Lord is able to perfectly align the tiniest circumstances in your life, it is easy to see how He controls the big picture, too. So, keep these words close to your heart to remember the way God controls the small and big picture of your life: “…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)
  3. Keep in mind that God is grooming you for greater. When you find yourself going down a path that you believe takes you off course from where you believed you were going, it can be very frustrating. During these times, you may feel that you’re in the wrong place, and begin to do everything in your power to get back to what you thought was the purpose of your life. If you find yourself thinking this way, take a moment to reflect on the fact that God’s ways are not our ways, and He might simply be preparing you for greater. For example, before David began his 40-year reign as king, God had him working with sheep in the fields. Although it is difficult for us to make the connection between being a shepherd and ruling a nation, God knew that David needed to work in the fields before he would make an effective ruler. So today, know that wherever you are, you are right where God wants you to be. Before you can succeed, He needs to groom you for greater. Cling to these words: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by remembering that God is guiding your steps.

“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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Have Faith: God Will Bless You Abundantly

blog, blessIn our lives, sometimes it seems God is nowhere to be found. Instead of answering our prayers immediately in the way we expect, He may allow us to stay in a situation that seems impossible to overcome. During these times, we must embrace our faith even more, knowing that He will come to bless us in ways we couldn’t even imagine.

Here are 3 ways you can demonstrate your faith that God will bless you abundantly:

  1. Remember that God answers prayers in a grand way. There may be times in your life when you feel you have prayed to God constantly, but you’re still are not receiving an answer. You may feel as though God is ignoring you because He can see your struggles but hasn’t intervened in your life in any way. In these moments, think about the struggles of Hannah. She wished and hoped and prayed for a child for many, many years. Taunted by her husband’s other, much more fertile wife, she even appeared drunk in the synagogue because she wept so profusely for a baby. Finally, after years and years had gone by, God blessed her with not one, but five children! In other words, God will answer your prayer—and He will do it in a grander way than you could have ever imagined. Hold these words in your heart: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
  2. Embrace your obstacles and know that you are God’s showcase. It may be easy to believe that God has turned away from you when you encounter hurdle after hurdle. It might even feel like God doesn’t want you to go down the path you are on because of the seemingly insurmountable problems you are facing. However, that is not the case. Consider Nehemiah, the man who decided to rebuild two miles of Jerusalem’s walls. He faced opposition in the government, construction delays, and zoning problems; he even had problems with infighting among his own men. Yet in the end, he triumphed by overcoming all his obstacles and rebuilding the wall in 52 days. His work then allowed others to see the glory of God through him. So today, know that God has not forgotten you while you face your obstacles. Instead, He is allowing His light to shine through you for the rest of the world to see. Embrace these words: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (ESV)
  3. Expect blessings around every corner. Often when you pray to God, you may already have an idea of how you believe He will answer your prayer. In other words, you expect him to come through a certain door. However, that is not always how it works out. For example, Jesus once ran into a woman who had previously had five husbands and who was living with another man at that time. Yet instead of sending her away, he told her everything about her life and even added that he was actually the Messiah. In turn, the woman went back to her town of Sychar and told everyone what she had experienced, causing the entire town to turn to God. While this sinful woman was an unexpected avenue for God’s work, He still was able to convert a whole town of people. Therefore, we must remember that God’s ways are not our ways, and that He can deliver our blessings through myriad doors and people. So remember to expect blessings everywhere while clinging to these words: “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by maintaining your faith in God’s blessings.

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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God Wants to Answer Your Prayers

Do you ever feel as though God has forgotten you among all His other children? Do you wonder if He may have passed over your carefully worded, impassioned prayer? Although it may seem like He hasn’t listened to your prayers, it is important to remember that He has boundless love for each and every one of us and will answer our every call for guidance.

Here are 3 ways to remember God wants to (and will) answer your prayers:

  1. Keep in mind He may be in the midst of delivering a blessing at that very moment. Sometimes, before we can even formulate a prayer, God is already working to deliver the miracle we seek. This was exactly the case when Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. While the servant got to his knees and began to pray to the Lord for assistance in finding such a woman, God had already set things in motion, allowing the servant to find the beautiful Rebecca. In other words, although the servant may have felt overwhelmed at the enormous task of finding a suitable wife for Isaac, he didn’t need to worry that his prayers would be passed over by God. Instead, he just needed to have faith that God was working to guide him to a solution for his problem. When you need to have faith that God is already in the midst of answering your prayers, recall these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)
  2. Recall that the Lord delights in exceeding your expectations. Not only will God answer your prayers, but He will also grant you miracles that surpass your wildest dreams. Even though it may seem as though He isn’t listening, the truth is that He is in the process of blessing you more than you could realize. In the case of Abraham’s servant, the man simply wanted to find a woman who was suitable for Isaac and who would be willing to move in order to be Isaac’s wife. However, God heard the servant’s prayer, and instead of simply blessing him with a woman who met those two requirements, He provided the servant with a woman who was kind, gentle, beautiful, and well-connected. So, it is important to remember that while it might seem as though the Lord hasn’t heard your prayer, God is actually just taking the time to bless you in the most incredible, wish-fulfilling manner. Hold these words in your heart when you begin to wonder if your miracle is coming: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 (ESV)
  3. Remind yourself that God knows you are worthy. When it appears that God is not responding to your requests for assistance and guidance, you may begin to question whether or not you are worthy enough for His miracles. Yet it is important to remember that God is the ultimate judge and that He does not act as we expect Him to. For example, Moses once killed a man. In many of our eyes, this would indicate that he was no longer worthy. However, God continued to see his potential, and Moses went on to do wonderful things, bathed in heaven’s light. The same is true for Peter and Paul. So, it is imperative that we realize God sees our true worthiness, even if those around us (or even ourselves) don’t see it. Therefore, your prayer will be answered because you are worthy—and God, the ultimate judge, knows it. To remember this, keep these words close to your heart: “The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by maintaining your faith in God’s blessings.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28 (ESV)

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Keep Your Hopes Sky High

When the cards seem to be stacked against us and those we are close to turn their backs, it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook. We may even feel as though God has abandoned us in our time of need. However, standing with God means that our blessings are simply on their way, even when things look bleak; we just need to cling to our faith and remain hopeful.

Here are 3 ways to remain hopeful when things don’t seem to be going your way:

  1. Be confident, even when you’re the only one who believes. Being surrounded by those who refuse to believe in and wait for God’s incredible promises can be defeating. Yet don’t allow the disbelief and negative attitudes of those around you affect your own faith. For example, in the Scriptures, Joshua and Caleb were the only men who surveyed the Promised Land and then maintained their belief that God was going to help them defeat the giant inhabitants of the land. Although they were in the minority, their patient hope paid off as God did, indeed, lead the Israelites to victory. When you need to remember to maintain your hope, even when you’re in the minority, recall these words: “In your hearts, honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
  2. Nurture your deepest yearning rather than turning it off. Sometimes, keeping a hopeful outlook can be painful when your deepest desires aren’t being fulfilled. There may even be times when you wish you could turn off your feelings to avoid the constant letdown of unanswered prayers. In the case of Hannah, she prayed continuously for a child, never giving up the overwhelming desire in her heart. Even though there were days when she couldn’t fathom eating because she was so sad, in the end, she was rewarded with five children. Even though it may have been easier for her to simply quiet her feelings and move on, she stuck to her dreams, prayed to God, and waited for the blessing she knew was coming. To remind yourself of the importance of feeling the intensity of your yearning and steadfastly waiting for your blessing, cling to these words: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
  3. Take your setbacks in stride and know that blessings are coming. When things aren’t going your way and you feel as if you’ve been thrown for a loop, it can be easy to despair or believe that God has decided not to answer your prayer. Looking to the Scriptures, though, when Joseph was in jail and failed to escape in the way he thought God had planned for him to escape, he did not give up hope. Instead, he stayed faithful, praying to God constantly and keeping himself ready for his eventual release. When he was finally released from his cell, in a way he had not expected, it was clear that it was God’s will being fulfilled in a way he had not anticipated—but in a miraculous way nonetheless. In order to keep your hopes high, hold these words close to your heart: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by maintaining your hope in tough situations.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36 (NIV)

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God Wants to Fight Your Battles

There’s no doubt about the fact that we are strong people. However, that doesn’t mean that we can achieve all of our goals and overcome all of our obstacles alone. In fact, it is incredibly important that we remember to trust in God to guide us when the path ahead looks difficult. By depending on His strength and His love for us, we are able to accomplish even more fantastic feats than we ever could have dreamed.

Here are 3 ways to rely on the Lord for your toughest battles:

  1. Visualize the path. Sometimes, it may be challenging to see how God could possibly guide you down the treacherous road to success. In fact, you may even begin to lose hope and doubt His greatness because the obstacles ahead appear insurmountable. During these worries, make an effort to envision the glorious ways of God, His unwavering power, and His overwhelming love for you. When Joshua did this, for example, he was able to visualize how the Lord was going to safely lead a caravan carrying the Ark of the Covenant across the Jordan River, despite its flooded state. So, the next time you need to rely on God to help you surmount seemingly unbeatable odds, remember these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
  2. Act through His strength. Some battles you are faced with may seem absolutely impossible, and you might be tempted to simply admit defeat. This was surely how Joshua felt when God commanded him to Canaan, a town reportedly inhabited by giants. Yet instead of cowering in the face of almost sure defeat, Joshua marched on the city because God was by his side. He was confident that the battle would be won and the giants would fall with God on the battlefield. While Joshua most likely would have lost battle if left to his own devices, the Lord’s strength overpowered every obstacle in Joshua’s way. When you need to remind yourself that your toughest battles will be won through God’s power, think of these words: “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live…I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5 (NLT)
  3. Send God an invitation. Although God will always go to bat for you and, with His power, will ensure your success, you must first invite God into your situation for His glorious resolution to take effect. We struggle in a variety of ways—everyday job stress, family crises, the sale of a home, conflicts with friends—and God wants to help you with every single one. To do that, you have to commune with Him. Write Him a letter, send Him a prayer, or simply spill it all out in your journal, and you will be overjoyed both at His answer to your problem and with the deepening connection between you. To recall the importance of opening yourself up to God so He can fight your battles with you, by your side, remember these words: “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by relying on God during your battle.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

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Are You Steadfast in Your Heavenly Devotion?

B Moments, steadfastThere are times in all of our lives when we find it hard to remain dedicated servants of the Lord. For example, our trust and belief may waver as we encounter troublesome situations and difficult people. During these times, remember that this is normal, as we all experience these moments of uncertainty. However, it is imperative that we power through these moments, persisting in our devotion to our Father and remaining committed to our heavenly purpose.

Here are 3 ways to remain steadfast in your faith:

  1. Act on your faith. It is quite easy to become complacent in your worship of the Lord. For example, you may talk the talk, but you may slowly forget to walk the walk. Rather than acting on the most significant tenants of your belief, you may become content to simply speak of them, trusting that is enough. However, as Ezra teaches us in the book of Ezra, many times it is necessary to put your faith to the test to demonstrate your steadfast devotion to the Lord. In Ezra’s case, he had the option to request help from soldiers and horsemen to keep him and those in his caravan safe; however, he put his trust in God and simply prayed for heaven’s protection. Because of his steadfast faith, he and his followers reached their destination unharmed. Next time you are fearful about putting your devotion to the test, recall this passage: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.” James 1:22 (ESV)
  2. Hang in there. Some days, it may seem that everything around you is telling you to give up on God’s promises. You might feel ridiculous waiting for something that seems incredibly unlikely to ever appear, and you may begin to grow weary of awaiting a sign that may never come. However, Noah certainly felt the same way when he was constructing the ark. He had to face endless sunny days while a flood seemed out of the question as well as those around him who believed him to be silly for his steadfast faith. Yet he powered through his doubt and remained devoted to his heavenly task. Because of this unshakable trust in God, he became one of His most faithful servants, and he was prepared when the flood finally arrived. So, keep Noah on your mind the next time your faith seems to be flickering, along with these words: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
  3. Don’t let them break you. While you walk the path that God has laid out for you, you will encounter many obstacles, be them situations, decisions, or even people. However, it is imperative that you do not let these hurdles slow you down or distract you from your heavenly purpose. Instead, stay true to your faith and to the Lord, your Father, and you will be rewarded. Take, for example, Nehemiah. When he was tasked with the responsibility of restoring two miles of Jerusalem’s crumbling walls, he let nothing impede his ability to complete his mission. Even when three envious men came to distract him, frustrate him, and intimidate him, he stayed steadfast in his faith, focused on his purpose, and followed the path that God led him down. When you need to remind yourself to be unwavering in your heavenly journey, remember these words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by staying steadfast in your faith.

“It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Mark 7:15 (NLT)

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Changing Seasons, Deepening Faith

B Moments, seasonsWith summer just around the corner, the change of season is likely on everyone’s mind. However, rather than simply diving into the pool and rejoicing that the gray days of winter are behind us, we should also turn inward at this time, reflecting on the seasons of our own lives, both emotional and spiritual. While we put away our winter coats and take out our flip flops, we must consider what it means to savor the current season, prepare for the new one, and embrace a change of spirit reminiscent of the new season.


Here are 3 ways you can welcome your changing seasons this summer:

  1. Avoid obsessing over the next season. There may be times when you aren’t content with how your life is progressing in that moment, and you pray for a new beginning. While this may seem like the perfect solution to the situation, there are consequences that come with this desire. Instead of focusing on the season that you are currently in and savoring the joys that it presents you with, you become anxious and preoccupied with what will come next. This inability to appreciate the present for what it is not only takes away from the current season’s majestic nature, but it prevents you from obtaining the new beginning that you so desire. As each moment creates the next, an anxious, preoccupied present begets a similar future—no matter what season comes next. So, when you feel yourself begin to await the next season, remember these words: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
  2. Invite the Holy Spirit into your preparation for a new season. One of the most important things you can do when you know that a new season is coming is to prepare for it. For example, when summer comes, you prepare for it by moving your heavier garments to the back of the closet and replacing them with light, airy clothing that is perfect for, say, a backyard barbecue. This same concept applies to your spiritual seasons as well. When a new season is on the horizon, you should prepare for it just the same—and what better way to prepare than to open your heart to the Holy Spirit? As Jesus teaches in John 14, the Holy Spirit was sent to be a Counselor, one who would be truthful and never leave. Therefore, in a time of changing seasons, it is incredibly important to invite the Holy Spirit in, so that your change will be one for the better. To remember this, cling to these words: ‘But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)
  3. Embrace the need for an internal season change. While the world continuously shifts around you, seasons changing from one to the next, consider that an internal change may deepen your connection to the Lord and bring you closer to your ideal self. The Scriptures also point to this as a necessity in the story of Naomi. A woman who had undergone the most severe grief that one can imagine, she traveled back to her hometown in search of a change of scenery, hoping that her spirits would shift as well. However, she neglected to change her mindset—her internal season—and she ended up being known as Mara because she was so bitter and frustrated with the world. This story reminds all of the importance of an internal season change. Today, embrace that idea with the words: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by helping God spread His glory.

“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

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