Do Your Life A Favor; REST

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We work hard, at our jobs, in our homes, with our children, in life in general.  There is a reward for working hard.   In like manner, there is a need for rest.  At the end of the day, put everything down.  Take time for yourself.  Take time with the ones you love.  Enjoy the beauty of relaxation.  Work will always be present in some form.  The way we are diligent and calculated about how we need to get things done, we too need to be diligent and calculated about resting ourselves.  We cannot be at our best, if we are not physically and mentally at our best.  Do your life a favor.  Rest!

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Love you, be blessed! – AWS 07.29.16

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Peace

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We can always find peace in the storm.  No matter what we are going through, we have to ability to generate calmness in the situation.  Our ability to demonstrate this calmness in the midst of adversity will teach and strengthen others to do the same.  We can quell the storm. 

Seek peace!

Speak peace!

Live peace!

Teach peace!

Let’s make today great on purpose!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 07.27.16

Sweet Reward!

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You have the power to accomplish whatever you desire.  Don’t be deterred because what you desire is not happening instantly.  A cake is made in the oven, not a microwave.  So keep doing what you’re doing.  Keep pressing through.  The time it takes should not cause you to lose focus of your goal.  Don’t stop until you get your sweet reward!

Let’s make today great on purpose!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 07/22/16

Make It Home

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I awake in the morning

Afraid to walk out the door

There’s no telling

What the world has in store

Fall to my knees

Purify myself

Feed my temple

Getting a grip on my mental health

Can’t lay down

Facing my fears

Kissing my loves

Hiding my tears

Behind the wheel

I pray

Make clear

My way

Unsure of what actions to take

What words to say

An unnatural smile

I’ll check in now

Maneuvering

Calculated steps

Not trying to piss off

Make no one upset

Not too slow

Not too quick

Not too soft

Not to aggressive

But just right

If there’s such a thing

Being it’s all relative

On another’s sight

Day’s turning to night

Back behind the wheel

Lord, please don’t let me see

Those red and blue lights

I just want to end

Where I began

Resting in arms

As my loves

Find rest

In the arms

They find strength in

07.19.16 – Love you, Be Blessed – AWS

One Day At A Time

 

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Proverb 27:1 Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.

It seems so cliché when one says, “I’m taking it one day at a time!” But is it really cliché, or are we being combative to God’s Word?  Matthew 6:11 quotes Jesus teaching us the Model Prayer, “Give us this day, our daily bread.”  If you study God’s Word, you’d see that this passage echoes exactly what God did for the Children of Israel when they were delivered from Egypt.

Exodus 16:2There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.

3“If only the lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”

4Then the lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. 5On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”

We as a people are very ungrateful.  God has a desire to deliver us from slavery to freedom.  However, because that deliverance doesn’t come over night, we typically (like the children of Israel) complain about the journey.  But here is the beauty of God; the very thing area we complain about is the same area that He blesses us in.  The Children of Israel complained about not having what they had in Egypt.  The wanted food.  They wanted to eat good like they used to.   Yet, they didn’t count the cost of that food.  In Egypt, they had to work like crazy just to have the bare essentials that people naturally have.  But God.  If I can paraphrase verse 4, God says, “I’m going to give you what you need, and you won’t have to work for it.  And it will be enough to sustain you for the day, each and every day, so you will never have to worry about it being enough!”

I could stop right there!  But let’s take it a little further.

“Give us this day, our daily bread!”  God is so faithful, that He continued to provide for people who weren’t faithful to Him.  He continues to provide for us despite our sins, flaws, and short comings.  He continues to give us this day, our daily bread, so why do we worry about tomorrow.  Think about it!  If He does all of this when we act up, how much more will He do when we align ourselves to His will.  Once again, here is the beauty of God.  Nowhere in His Word does He ever say, “Don’t focus on tomorrow.”  The evidence behind that is everywhere in His Word that sowing and reaping is mentioned.  His Word however, does tell us not to worry about tomorrow.  There is a monumental difference between worrying and focusing.

Proverbs 13:22 says, “Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.”

That is focus! Planning is what is referred to in this passage.  In order to leave an inheritance to your grandchildren, one must think of tomorrow.  With proper counsel, one can make wise plans to secure a proper future for those to come.

Let’s look to e what the Word says about worrying:

Matthew6:25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?28“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?  31“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

God has a true desire to provide for us.  He longs to meet our needs daily.  In return He wants us to put or complete trust and faith in Him.  Take it one day at a time, and watch God exceed all of your expectations!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 03.13.16

Your Voice

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What’s in a voice?  EVERYTHING!!!!  Through the voice of God, the Heavens and the Earth was created.  In Joshua 10, he commanded the sun to stand still, and it did.  In 1 Kings 17 Elijah declared, “There will be no rain until I say so!” (paraphrased), and not a drop fell.  Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.  Our tongue/voice is an extremely powerful weapon.  Whether it’s used for good or bad is on use.

Ideally, everyone would use their voice for good.  But the reality is that not everyone will.  Still, there is an even more sad reality, which is some don’t use their voice at all.  You may ask, “How is not using your voice a bigger violation than using it for bad?”  That is a great question!

There are so many damaged people in the world.  I’m certain you’ve heard the old adage, “Hurt people, hurt people”.  However, what is not stated often is, “Healed people, heal people.”  Now that’s not to say that we deal with people like medical doctors performing surgeries.  That is to say that, once we’ve been healed, we typically want to see others healed as well.  A silent person is like a lifeguard who sees someone drowning, but they stay seated at their station.  Unless someone else intervenes, that person fighting for their life will lose that battle.

The Word says in Proverbs 15:23 (NLT), “Everyone loves a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing, at the right time!”  How often do we have an opportunity to say something?  How many times have we witnessed someone hurting, but don’t say a word to encourage.  How many times, have we been the lifeguard watching our brothers and sisters drown, but we remain seated?

Sometimes people simply need to see a genuine smile while hearing a good morning.  Sometimes people need to hear, you’re doing a great job!  Perhaps, they need to hear, you can/will make it.  Or perhaps, you’re not alone.  It’s not always something deep and profound that people have a need for.  Often, it more than enough to know that someone cares.

On today, let’s make it a point to be the positive voice in someone’s life!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 02/26.16

Breakthrough

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It’s amazing how a person can be struggling for years with different issues, then in the a blink of an eye the struggle is taken away.  This is what I encountered yesterday.  I am far from an emotional person, however today while sitting in an amazing worship experience, I cried, cried, and cried some more.  But the tears were not tears of sadness or hurt.  No instead, they were tears of release.  They were tears of restoration.  They were tears that washed away the stressing of a soul.  Ironically, one of the best moments of my life.

I could tell you in explicit details my life story, but who would really wants to hear that?  But I will say this, we all get tired, we all get wore down, however, we should never lose heart or give up.  The old adage, “Good things come to those who wait” is very much true.  Still, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  Many take the word, “Wait” to mean being idle.  That is a huge misnomer!

“Wait” in this context means to remain productive.  It means to be persistent in your preparation.  It means to that we continue to progress despite what oppositions come our way.  God’s Word is full of amazing promises.  However, God’s Word never asked us to be idle.  Think about it like this, every person that God used in the Bible was already hard at work doing something productive.  In fact anything or person that was found to be unproductive were either cursed and or punished.

Thing may not be going the way you want them to, and that is alright.  Whether you have to run, walk, crawl, scoot, or have friends drag you don’t stop.  Remain productive.  Remain diligent.  Continue you progression, because in due season you will reap everything that you have sowed for and more.

You can’t have the breaking without the through!  Never stop!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 02.22.16