“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:25, 26 NIV)
You are here to LIVE, not to waste time and energy worrying.
Small worries become big distractions.
They distract you from living loved and loving fearlessly.
What are you worried about today, my friend?
Ask God to help you identify the fear that is at the heart of the worry. Then take it to the cross and leave it there.
Then ask him to fill you with faith to leave it there and know that Jesus is bigger than your fear and able to provide what you need.
Because HE IS.
“Love never gives up”.
1 Corinthians 13:4 MSG
So much can be communicated through a small touch.
A reassuring pat of the hand.
A gentle tug on the elbow of someone who you want closer.
Holding a hand.
A small touch can make a bad thing okay, an okay thing good and make a good thing great.
Small touches are difference makers in a relationship, in a life.
They can be the first thing we unconsciously give and the first thing that we unconsciously withhold.
When we struggle, we when are angry, when we are hurt, we withhold the small touches.
It’s easy to forget how important they are to us and to those we love.
Wherever you are at in any of your relationships it might be a small touch that makes a difference.
Don’t worry about starting big- start small.
What small touch do you need to receive?
What small touch do you need to give?
Hello my friend, have time for some coffee? This cup is brought to you from the Origianal Pancake House in Rocklin, Ca. I loved going there with my husband for breakfast dates or celebrating with family who came to visit or getting pancakes with the boys or meeting with a friend to catch up.
I’ve been thinking lately about how small things can be big difference makers.
Things like small sentences:
Don’t give up.
I forgive you.
I love you.
I miss you.
Pray for me.
Go for it.
Which sentence do you need to say today to someone?
Jesus used small sentences to change people’s lives:
Your sins forgiven.
Stand up and walk.
I am he.
Pray like this.
Which one do you need to hear from Jesus?
Sometimes, the most important things are said (and heard) in the smallest of sentences. Use them, receive them and have a wonderful day.
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
James 3:5 NIV
Words are powerful.
The words you say to yourself.
The words you say to others.
You control your words, not the other way around.
You can be honest without being mean.
You can be mean without being honest.
God has given you the great privilege of being the spark that lights the fire.
Whether it is a fire to warm and nourish others or one that burns and destroys them is up to you.
This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.
Matthew 6:7 MSG
Panic is defined as sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety. When you experience it, it makes you want to do something to solve whatever it is that is causing the panic. Very rarely is that action wise or right (unless it is getting you away from a dangerous physical situation and it gets you out of there).
All kinds of things can cause panic to rise within you and when it does, I am going to ask you to wait.
To go to God first instead of trying to immediately fix it.
When you go to God with your panic, he knows what to do and what needs to be done.
He knows how to calm your heartbeat and clear your mind.
Because he is your Father and he knows you. He knows why it is happening and why you are responding to it that way.
He also knows how to lead you down the right path, not just the first one that presents itself.
He knows if there is a higher way, a better way or a healthier way to deal with it.
Pause the panic and pray.
It doesn’t have to be a long prayer to be a powerful one. Your Father in heaven loves you and knows what even a one word prayer like “help” means.
Prayer trumps panic every time.
What is causing you to panic right now?
What does pausing the panic and praying instead of reacting look like to you?
““Give us today our daily bread.”
Matthew 6:11 NIV
Lord, give me what I need for today.
Not what I needed yesterday.
Not what I will need for tomorrow.
What I need today.
Today’s peace that passes understanding.
It might look different than I expect it to but it will do the job nonetheless.
You are amazing like that.
Thank you, Lord, for today’s provision, for today’s daily bread.
In Jesus Name, amen.
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2 MSG
Thinking about prayer and praying is not the same thing.
Talking about prayer and praying is not the same thing.
Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent to be powerful or lengthy to have consequence.
You just need to pray. Every way you know how, for everyone you know. It isn’t a test to pass or a class to take, it is prayer. There is no wrong way to pray, just pray.
The power of prayer is that it connects you with a powerful God who loves you so much that he took care of all that hinders you from connecting to him. Every fear, doubt, stumble, mistake, misstep or mindset that separates you from God, Jesus took on the cross. Every judgement, injustice, neglect or wrong done to you by others, Jesus took on the cross. This is why you can be unhindered in prayer for others and honest in prayer for yourself.
Let no excuse stop you today from getting in a safe quiet place and praying, even for five minutes.
“I pray to GOD —my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do.”
Psalm 130:5-6 MSG
Today is a good day to begin to pray differently.
To pray with open hands instead of closed hands holding on so desperately to what you are afraid to let go of.
Pray and let God be God.
Present your requests, petitions, hopes and desires to him and then let him do what only he can do.
Give them to Jesus and leave the results to him.
Release your expectations of how he should answer while at the same time knowing that he will.
Instead of praying, “God, this is who I want you to be”, begin to pray, “God reveal who you are to me.”
It will transform your life.
He wants to.
Begin today to pray different.
When was the last time you asked God to reveal himself to you or in your situation?”
How hard is it for you to leave the results to God?
What does it mean for you to let God be God in your life?
“I bless GOD every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. I live and breathe GOD; if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy: Join me in spreading the news; together let’s get the word out. GOD met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears.”
Psalm 34:1-4 MSG
You will have lots of opportunities today to worry, to second guess and be anxious.
You will also have lots of opportunities to bless God, breathe in his presence and receive his joy.
They are the same opportunities, it is what you do with them that makes the difference.
Take a deep breath, expand your lungs and your faith.
Take every opportunity to worry and turn it to worship.
Turn every chance to stress into a moment to trust.
God will meet you more than halfway and will use every chance you give him to free you from your fears.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 27:1 NIV
“But GOD’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. GOD takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Isaiah 30:18 MSG
I can’t see what God is doing “behind the scenes” in your life but I know he is working.
I don’t know how he is going to meet your need, but I know that he will.
You don’t have to worry about the why’s or how’s. You can rest in the truth that he knows them.
God is not finished with your life. He has more for you. Jesus took all that separates God from you so that you can recieve all he has for you.
I am praying that today you will experience God’s matchless, unbroken companionship while you wait.
That you will know his victory, favor, love, peace and joy, while you wait.
He is preparing things for you right now and they will be right on time (maybe not your time but in his time).
While you wait, trust.
While you trust, worship.
While you worship, rest.
Have an amazing weekend enjoying what you have while you wait for what God wants to give you.