Two-Sentence Prayer Thursday: Numb

God is not impressed with our extensive vocabulary or how elegant we can sound with our words. Rather, He is looking for undivided hearts toward Him, true dependence upon Him, and daily communication with Him as well as relationship. With that said, we will take Thursdays and post Two-Sentence Prayers to pray. We pray we are sincere, yielded and responsive to the answers, love, and wisdom God gives us as a result of seeking Him wholeheartedly even in the simplest of prayers.

Despair and Grief-full of events are broadcast daily on the news, on our Facebook news feeds, from our other social media accounts, and from word of mouth. We are bombarded with the same stories of heartbreak and fear that have reached or are reaching closer to home. And if we aren’t careful to stop as well as acknowledge and express with someone and even ourselves the realities and issues, personally and as a nation, we are facing today in this increasing wicked world, we will go numb. Our hearts will grow hardened and even complacent and full of fear.

We know that God did not give us a spirit of fear but that of power, love, and a sound mind, and that perfect love casts out fear. A heart full of God’s love, Word, and joy will keep our hearts pumping with strength, courage, and faith. Our hearts filled with such won’t be in denial of what we see daily but will give us hope and encouragement to persevere through this world and pray without ceasing for the precious lives in this world.

There is wickedness among us and tragedies happen but they are not what God intended. Jesus came to save the world and that we might have life and life to the fullest. Dont ignore the pain. Let us not think “well, this is life and that is all it is.” Let us not give into despair. Let us allow God to mold us and shape us into what He created us for. Let us allow God to purify us with His grace, His mercy, His unfailing love, and His Word that is alive and active and sharper than any double-edged sword. His Word penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Allow Him to transform us so we can transform our communities, our nations.

Take time to read Hebrews 3 and Psalm 3.

Prayer:

Father,

There is so much going on that sometimes my fears and overwhelmingness turns into numbness. Break up the fallow ground in my heart and help me to keep it guarded and filled with your Word, love, joy, and compassion.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Chirping Cheerfully On A Wintery Day

As we approach mid March, this day reminds me that life surely has unexpectancies. With its cold air nipping ears as well as touching faces and the grassy fields covered in thin sheets of snow, we remember that Winter time isn’t over yet. However, the sun’s smile to a new day and the birds cheerful chirping in the trees reminds us that Spring is near despite what we see this March day.

It also reminds us that the winter seasons in our lives will come and go. And that even during these times, we can still smile like the sun and sing cheerfully like the birds.

Be productive, be prayerful, be hopeful, be patient, and endure during these times too. When Spring comes, things will bud from all of your fruitfulness, prayer, perseverance, and patience.

M.I.A

The M.I.A (Most Important Accessory) that a Christian should have in their possession today is PERSEVERANCE. It is something that we don’t hang up or sport from time to time, but something we must wear daily, second by second, minute by minute. The winter seasons in our lives can be drags, can slow us down, can be inconveniences at times, and can be rough and cold. However, they help produce patience and build our character. They help us to learn to endure and trust God. And more good news is that these seasons come and go, and you have God to help you navigate through them as well as survive them.

Financial Reset

Throw Away the Whole Mindset

“Out with the old, in with the new” is a popular saying. When a new year touches down, you want to leave behind in the past year everything old and weighty that caused you so much grief, frustation, and disappointment. So why can’t we leave behind old habits and mindsets that keep us weighed down and pennyless?

Tight

This January, if our financial part of our lives were rooms, they would be an empty room of compact four walls closing in on us, or is that just mine. After Christmas and an unexpected bill, I knew it would be tight and I expected to make it through with some sweat. However, with getting back into debt and having credit card balances again, I have been sweating a lot. Nonetheless, I am expecting to recover or at least stop the walls from closing in on me with prayer and planning.

But what about families or individuals who have to bury loved ones. It is much difficult for them to recover. One of my former students was faced with burying her beloved mom with no monies available for a funeral and burial. How disheartening it is to not only be grieving the loss of a loved one, but also stress over coming up with the money to take care of their beloved’s burial.

Don’t Just Talk The Talk

January was a tough month, and not just financially, but it has also left me to realize I carried into 2018 some old habits and ideologies that I did not fully nip in the bud, which have hindered me from truly rectifying my financial situations. I merely did on the surface work.

And for one, I can’t talk a good walk financially, get free from debt once minus student loans, clear up credit card debt twice, and save emergency fund technically twice only to keep the same habits and go down the same halls I know not to take. So, in actuality I am going around in circles. Now, I must say this. We are not perfect and will make mistakes, but we must admit our habits and ways that are hindering us from making true progress. “I want to create wealth” I heard myself telling the bank rep and “be debt free” but I needed a temporary short loan. Ludicrous. A loan to pay a bill and if honest to spend to add to more debt. For my situation, it was a no-go. I got denied the loan but am thankful because I have to trust God and put away old habits and actually walk the walk of what it is I am learning and sharing with others.

Father God, create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Let us see money the way You do and let us get our financial affairs in order. We don’t know what the future holds, and Lord, we want to trust You and depend on You. Help us to seek You for wisdom to be prepared as well as help us to become better and godly stewards over all You have blessed us with. Let us be blessed to be a blessing too knowing that You have entrusted us to gifts, talents, time, and financial resources not just for ourselves but for others and Your kingdom. Let us owe no man nothing except love. Let us also have a heart of gratitude and be content in any situation. In Jesus’ name, amen!

So what’s our top 10 financial things we need to work towards in 2018.

1. Pray and meditate on the Word of God and His principles on money, tithing, giving, etc.

2. Seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance on when and how to give to others, how to sow and reap, how to invest, how to be a blessing to others, and just how to steward over what God has given us.

3. Start Saving. I don’t care if it is a jar of change. Or just dollars. Start and stay consistent. Put money in a bank account rarely used and assign those savings with a purpose.

4. Start an emergency fund. Unexpectedly, the car breaks down, the furnace goes out, your property taxes go up, we need to travel or want to bless someone, boom. We have something to work with.

5. Budget and cut some stuff out or down. Do we need to eat at a restaurant every day, do we need that other channel subscription alongside of Netflix? Do we need a new pair of shoes or a new pair of jeans every month? Do we want to just have stuff or do we want memories and moments?

6. Declutter our house. Sell or give away that stuff to others in need. I am a firm believer, that in order to make room for the new, we have to make space for it. So if we do want a new dress, check the closet for dresses we may have not worn in awhile and either embrace them again, give them away, or sell them. Their are avenues like the thrift store and Ebay who will buy or take and allow us to sell these things.

7. Invest. Research investing, stocks, and talk to professionals on such. And then start somewhere. We can even invest in pennystocks. Robinhood is a great investment source especially for beginners and pennystocks.

8. Talk about finances with the family, expectations, teamwork, goals, and create a financial plan.

9. Get life insurance. Point blank and period.

10. Stay consistent. Keep pressing. Be patient. Don’t give up.

M.I.A

The M.I.A (Most Important Accessory) that a Christian should have in their possession is GODLY STEWARDSHIP. It is something we don’t hang up or sport from time to time, but something we must wear daily, second by second, minute by minute. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce. And seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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Flashback Friday: Holes In Your Pocket 

Enjoy and take note from this post of our Money $eries Week originally posted on June 13, 2017.

Sometimes it feels like your money comes only to disappear through some invisible hole in your pocket. Your bank account can’t even get acquainted with your money because it comes in and goes right back out.

You are barely getting by. Your funds don’t add up. Bills are due, debt is piling up. You obsess over making your paycheck fit all the bills and then some. You are afraid it will always be like this, living paycheck to paycheck. You have tried loans that you pay back twice as much in interest. You try getting more credit but get denied and rejected. You even tried supplementing your income with a side business you truly love but have no time for it and have little success. It feels hopeless sometimes. But God!

Today’s Scripture:
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ Or ‘what shall we drink?’ Or ‘what shall we wear?’ For pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Psalm 9:10 Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.

God doesn’t lie, in fact can’t. God doesn’t say something just to say it. He means what He says and wants you to know that you are so valuable to Him and He wants to take care of you. Why not let Him; He created and owns the universe. He is Alpha and Omega, omniscient and omnipresent. Meditate on His Word today and trust that He will do what He said He would. Seek Him and seek Him first!

Tip: Track and make note of your finances. Know what monies are coming in and know where they are going to. Then eliminate expenses that you can do without or substitute like cable tv. Track your expenses at least once a month and make necessary changes.

Prayer:

Father, help me to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness. For you are the Great I Am, my maker, my present help in the time of trouble, my deliverer, my heavenly Father. Help me to trust You with my finances. You are the source of everything I need. Lord, I am valuable to You so help me to trust that You will never leave me nor forsake me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Cracks in Foundation

Have you ever dropped your phone and cracked the screen? Being without your phone and possibly losing photos, notes, and work that wasn’t backed up or even remembering passwords and apps to put back on your repaired phone can be a headache. Anyway, sometimes screens are shattered and hanging on for dear life and sometimes screens just have hairline cracks. However, these phones amazingly still work. 

But when the LCD has been damaged, it is only a matter of time and more damage to the phone that will make it clunk out totally. When it is still functioning with cracks in the screen though, you continue to use it thinking that these cracks couldn’t have run too deep or have caused too much internal damage. Well, that is how some of the church is right now. We, as believers, sometimes don’t realize the cracks in our spiritual foundation have run deep because we are still functioning

And there are times we don’t realize we have cracks in our spiritual foundation, and that is even more disheartening. We don’t realize the cracks in our spiritual foundation have run deep until we finally clunk out, get wore out physically, mentally, and spiritually, when everything around us is in chaos, and our backs are up against the wall. We don’t realize something is wrong because we are still functioning amidst the cracks. Moreover, we won’t be able to move forward or get the greatest benefits of our walks with God. We won’t be able to effectively and confidently make those calls out to God. So, let’s repent for allowing cracks in our spiritual foundation.

  • Let’s return to our first love
  • And read God’s Word daily
  • Meditate on God’s Word
  • Seek God’s Wisdom
  • Pray without ceasing
  • Praise God with a heart of gratitude
  • Put God first and pursue Him daily
  • Take every thought captive
  • Have a repented heart
  • And pray for God to reveal the root causes behind the sins we commit 
  • And commit to surrendering and obeying God
  • Love God and love others consistently

We won’t be perfect nor will our walk with God be perfect but our hearts can be undivided towards God and our spiritual foundations intact. If Jesus is definitely the chief cornerstone of the Body of Christ, then let’s allow him to be the chief cornerstone of our lives. Let not “He is the center of my life” be mere words, but a true representation of our lives.  

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 1 Peter 2:4-8

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27

Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; Proverbs 24:3

The M.I.A (Most Important Accessory) that a Christian should have in their possession is A Firm Foundation. This is something we don’t hang up or sport from time to time, but something we must wear daily, second by second, minute by minute. It is with a firm spiritual foundation that we can truly experience the life and freedom Jesus gave us as believers. We neither want to just function or just exist, nor do we want the cracks in our lives to run deep. Let us allow Jesus to repair those cracks now for He is the horn of our salvation.

Today’s Scripture: Remember Daniel

Today’s Scriptures: Daniel 5:1-13

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In this chapter we learn that Daniel may not be well-known by the new or now king. Yet, his actions and faith are remembered and continues to be a point of reference, source of help, and the thing that brings him before kings.  King Belshazzar saw something that has made the hairs on his neck stand up. He needs someone to make sense of what he just saw. The queen remembers Daniel and points out the gifts of this man of God. Now Daniel must go before the king and tell the king what God is saying.

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.  Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.  The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”  Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.  The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. “May the king live forever!” she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”  So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?

Daniel 5:1‭-‬13 NIV

http://bible.com/111/dan.5.1-13.NIV

The gifts God has placed in you will be remembered by others and take you before kings, but not for your glory. It is for the glory of God and for the benefit of others why God has given you favor, gifts, and someone to remember you. So stay faithful to God and trust Him to supply you with the grace and opportunities to glorify and represent Him.

Two-Sentence Thursday Prayer: Teach Us How To Pray


God is not impressed with our extensive vocabulary or how elegant we can sound with our words. Rather, He is looking for undivided hearts toward Him, true dependence upon Him, and daily communication with Him as well as relationship. With that said, we will take Thursdays and post Two-Sentence Prayers to pray. We pray we are sincere, yielded and responsive to the answers, love, and wisdom God gives us as a result of seeking Him wholeheartedly even in the simplest of prayers.

Ever feel like you hitting a dart board with air when it comes to praying? Or where did the joy go you once had when praying? Or how do you pray when you don’t have the motivation, let alone the words? Or how do you even pray effectively?

“This, then, is how you should pray:  

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”

Matthew 6:9‭-‬10‭, ‬12‭-‬13 NIV
http://bible.com/111/mat.6.9-13.NIV

Help us Lord to pray in faith, in Your holy name and with humility, reverence, thanksgiving, worship, repentance, petition and also intercession. And let the Holy Spirit as well as the desire to know You guide our prayers. Let our prayer begin and never end. Let us pray without ceasing.

Father,

Help us to commune with you and spend quality time with You. Moreover, help us to pray consistently and daily, from Your very heart, with sincerity, confidence and belief in Your Word as well as with Your strategies.
In Jesus’s name. Amen