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How To See The Silver Lining In Your Situation

How To See The Silver Lining In Your SituationWe all face tough situations in our lives. We all have a story of hurt or heartache of some sort. However, we must understand these hurts or heartaches are just experiences. There are experiences which are painful no doubt, and of course, we love the experiences which bring us pleasure. But think of it this way, no matter the experience, there are no “bad” experiences. I can challenge you to look harder for the good, but every experience you have can be a valuable teacher.

My challenge for you is to shift your perspective in whatever you are facing to recognize every experience as something of value. Each experience is an opportunity for growth for you. It is a lesson learned or even a chance to move you in a new direction. Look for the opportunity, look for the lesson. When you do this your whole outlook will change and you will see things happen in your life you did not expect. In essence, look for the silver lining and remember what you have gone through has made you uniquely qualified in that area to share your experience with someone who may be right where you were!

{Know someone who is facing hard times? The Drying Pot; And The Refining Fires Necessary To Become A Vessel Used By God}

Much Success and Blessings today!

Facing Doubts

How to face doubts. Keys to victorious faith. Inspirational blogMany of Jesus’ followers were eye witnesses to the amazing miracles Jesus worked in His life here on the earth. They watched firsthand as Jesus turned water into wine, restored sight to the blind, healed infirmities and brought the dead back to life.

I think about Martha who had spent a lot of time with Jesus; He had been at her home on many occasions and yet she doubted that He could perform such a miracle when Jesus called Lazarus to rise from the dead and walk out of the tomb {John 11}! She allowed her grief and her five-sense realm to dictate to her what her belief should be. She knew in the natural that Lazarus had been dead too long; too long for even Jesus to do anything about – or so she thought. Yet even though Jesus knew she had doubts, Jesus called to Lazarus to come forth and right before Martha’s unbelieving eyes she watched Lazarus walked out of the tomb alive and well!

I believe most of us would probably doubt as well. Twitter would be full of tweets, blogs would be over run with accusations and news TV shows would continue to sow seeds of doubt and discord among the nations of the lies and tricks of this man named Jesus. We would have trouble believing that such a miracle could really happen. However, in the face of our doubts, no matter how strong or cynical, Jesus is still the miracle worker. He is still the one who today heals, frees and even raises those from the dead!

Do we trust He can do anything in our lives today? Do we trust He can and will provide our every need? Do we trust He can open blinded eyes in the natural and in the spirit realm? Do we trust He can and will do even the miraculous?

We cannot allow our doubts keep us from experiencing Jesus’ life changing power. We must trust Him and stand back and watch him work in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Only trust Him, only trust Him, only trust Him now!

{Know someone who is facing hard times? The Drying Pot; And The Refining Fires Necessary To Become A Vessel Used By God}

New Year’s Resolutions We Need To Keep

New Years Resolutions We Need to Keep as Christians. Keys to victorious faith Inspirational BlogIt is that time again – time to put down the old, look ahead to the new, and make those New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone makes them but few keep them, at least that is how it seems to be. But as a Christian are we to make New Year’s Resolutions? I asked this question before, you can read it here. But today we are going to talk about New Year’s Resolutions we need to keep.

Paul in Philippians 3:13 gives us our first resolution. “…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”  Many times we are so focused on what is in our past. We focus on the should have, would have, could have. Now I know our past is important, for one thing, we learn from the past. But I want us to take a real good look at what we really are focusing on in our past. We need to let go of the hurt, pain and disappointment and move forward towards what God has for us. We cannot move on until we let go. It has been said, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize the situation is over, you cannot move forward. So start this year off letting go of the past. Take the lessons learned and refuse to keep focused on what you think or wish had taken place. Make this new year about what is ahead for you. Let go of the past and walk into the future.

Our next resolution comes from Enoch in Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God..” Enoch was the first man to discover the delight of walking with God. He pressed into God and because of this he learned how to commune with God in every area of his life. This kind of relationship was worked on daily by Enoch and this daily walk will take some work from us as well. It is simple enough to spend time with God by reading our Bible and praying every day, however, I bet we all could admit we need more “daily” on this one. It is something which does take discipline and is a resolution we need to keep. Remember being a Christian is not a religion, a system or a belief, it is something which is active and growing, and only you can walk this out. It does take time and discipline, but why not start out by reading your Bible for 15 minutes and praying while on the drive in the car instead of listening to the radio. Make small changes and watch what happens. This year work on making a daily walk with God part of your new norm.

Our third resolution this New Year is following the advice of James in chapter 5 verse 19, “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back.” Take this year and not only work on your resolutions to change your walk with Christ, but bring someone along with you. If you have a Bible study group, ask someone to come along. Ask them to go to church with you. Just ask. Now let me interject here, it is not our duty to give out the rules and regulations this new person needs to adhere to in order to walk with Jesus. Just invite them and allow the Holy Spirit to lead their day to day walk.

There you have it, a few simple New Year’s Resolutions we need to keep. Ones that may be small but will have a big impact in our life! You can make the changes you need. My prayer for you this year, May the Lord bless you and keep you! Happy New Year!

{Need a New Year Devotional? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

Small and Ordinary Faith

My small and ordinary faith. Keys to Victorious Faith Inspirational BlogIf you know me you are shocked by the title of this post. I am always teaching you how to have faith that is uncommon; not small and ordinary. But before you get upset let me explain.

Many times we want to find what God has for us; what big thing we are called to. Yet we look at our lives and we do not see extra ordinary things. We see ordinary us.

My son preached a message where Saul needed someone to take down Goliath-the giant and David felt he could do it. David was telling Saul about how he had taken down bears and removed sheep from their mouths. David explained how he had already done some overcoming in his normal day to day life as a Shepard. David was trying to convince Saul that he was prepared already for the task of taking down a giant. The normal day to day steps of this Shepard taking down bears and removing sheep from the mouths of bears had prepared David to take down a giant – he was ready!

You my friend have been preparing as well. In the darkest moments, you were being prepared. In the ordinary moments you were being prepared. David tended sheep; that was his ordinary life. Every day the same, every day about those sheep. Even taking out bears and lions had become part of his ordinary every day life. It was part of what was needed to be done in order to keep his sheep alive.

Then David stepped on the scene of a giant who all the armies of Israel were afraid of; all except David! But what gave this small Shepard boy the confidence to step in and want to take him out? What Goliath and the others did not realize was there was a sling and a stone; these two ordinary parts of David’s daily life were the very things Goliath should have been afraid of. David day after day had learned how to use that sling. He knew how to choose just the right size stone to take out whatever was standing in the way of his flock’s lives. So that day on the battlefield David knew just how to use what was in his hand and to trust God has prepared him.

What about our faith, aren’t we to make it grow? Of course we are, but sometimes we are so focused on the life we think we are to have that we forget we are living exactly what God wants us to live. Even in our ordinary day we are in preparation for the greater. But our focus is always on the greater and what we don’t have, that we forget God calls us to do the greatest thing we can be doing AT THE MOMENT!

Every part of our ordinary life is a preparation for what God has coming up, we just need to shift our focus to using our faith on the small and ordinary things of our day to day life. Day in and day out David protected those sheep, day in and day out he fed and watered them, day in and day out he used his ordinary sling and small stones to perfect his aim. David never thought he was perfecting his aim to take out a giant; this was just normal every day activity. I am sure there were times David thought; who needs this silly old sling anyway, my life is so boring having to constantly follow these sheep. I want to do bigger and better things.

So you see, we are to grow our faith every day, and we are to grow our faith in the small and ordinary parts of our lives through daily preparation. If God says teach the nursery this week; we are preparing. If God says take out the trash at our place of work; we are preparing. If God says bake cookies for our child’s class; we are preparing. In our small and ordinary day to day life we are building our faith and preparing ourselves for what God has coming in the future.

We must stop looking at our life and asking when God is going to do something great with it. We are to start looking at the small and ordinary going on in our day to day lives and realize that what we are doing each day is what God needs us to do that day to change the world for that day, and it is preparing us for what “Goliath” is coming in our future.

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

Shaken or Shaped – Your Choice!

Shaped or shaken over a situation. The choice is yours. God is a faithful God; He has promised you, in His Word, He would never leave you and never forsake you {Deuteronomy 31:6}. His Word is truth. As you look around, the times you are facing are tough. If you watch the news, you will hear story after story revealing the tough times you are in. You girlfriend, have walked through tough times in your life, I know. However, God is a good God. He is a faithful God!

It is written in Deuteronomy 33:25, “…and as your day, so shall your strength, your rest and security, be.” Notice, it says your days will be strengthened. You will have rest and security. The words, “And as your day” refers to the times you are in – your day in history now. Your days will be tough at times; the Word has told you that. However, when you set your mind, your heart, your lips, and your feet, on Him and His Word, you shall be strengthened! God is always there supporting you and sustaining you – no matter what!

Vance Havner said “Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, “Shake well before using.” That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.” Look at your past. Look at where God has already brought you through! You may be in the midst of a storm right now, but you can get through it. In the past, if this storm had been in your life, you could not have stood up against it, but, because of what you have already gone through, you can walk through this storm stronger! God strengthened you in the last storm to prepare you for this storm. He is strengthening you in this storm to prepare you for the future! His future for you is good! You can – because you already have! You already have been through and came out the other side victoriously! Do you face storms? Then you will have strength! Do you have burdens? Then you will have strength! You will have strength, rest, and security in the hand of the Almighty God. He HAS strengthened you for this time, and He IS strengthening you for the future!

The storms, which come into your life, can either shake you or shape you. The choice is yours.

{Excerpt taken from Sandra’s 40 Day Devotional “I’m a Sword Wielding Devil Slayer!” Now Available}

I'm A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer

Laughing at Impossible Situations

Impossible Situations. Keys to victorious faith. Inspirational Women's BlogGenesis 18 tells us of the well-known story of Sarah laughing at an impossible situation. She was told she would bear a child when she was past child-bearing age; at least to her she was. But God is never too late, He can do the impossible!

When those men visited Abraham and Sarah they encouraged them to have faith in the promise that God would give them a son. When Sarah overheard the men talking her response was to laugh at what seemed impossible! She was ninety years old and could not believe this could happen to her now.  After her guests left Sarah continued to ponder their words – “Nothing is too hard for the LORD” and the Lord gave those words peculiar power which grew in her heart.

Does something in your life seem totally impossible for God? I know we all have or are facing situations like Sarah. We may have prayers which seemingly go unanswered. We then start to examine ourselves, and if you are like me you begin to ask is it because you are lacking faith?

God alone has created the world we live in. He created things we cannot see with our naked eye. Each day the sun rises and sets and is never too early or too late. The planets spin around us without even crashing into the earth. There are things happening every day we are not even aware of, yet God who is all-powerful and who greatly cares for every aspect of this universe, knows every detail about every thing.

It was impossible for Sarah to become pregnant, but she, just as we must, looked beyond impossibilities and placed her faith in God.

One important aspect of our Christian walk is faith and faith does not stand on nothing. Faith must have a promise in which to rest on and the Word of God is filled with Promise after Promise in which we can cling to and stand on in the midst of impossible situations.

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.” Psalm 142:6

“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

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1

“There is none holy like the LORD: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. For there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:2 

 

Are your finances impossible?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Does it seem impossible your child will ever change?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Is your marriage in an impossible place?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Is there a loved one where it seems impossible they will ever come to know Jesus?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Is a diagnosis from the doctor impossible for the doctors?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Nothing is too hard for the Lord! No matter your situation, it is in no way impossible for God!

Sarah was counted faithful “Because she judged him faithful who had promised.” She rested her faith on a promise from God.

Keep praying in faith, stand on those Promises given to us in His Word, because nothing is impossible for God!

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

How Do You Talk To Yourself?

How Do You Talk To Yourself? Keys to victorious faith. Inspirational BlogHow do you talk to yourself?

Do you use the words “can’t”, “won’t”, “don’t need to”, “why try?”  Many people do.

Do you find that what you say to yourself turns out to be true? Why is this?

You see your brain is like a computer that you feed each day. It
doesn’t always know what’s real or not unless you tell it.

Example: If someone you love has hurt you, you may tell yourself that all people who love you will probably hurt you too.

Your brain just files this information for reference, its data, little zeroes and ones and no column that asks “true or not true?” Now your brain thinks, based on what you told it, that everyone you’ll ever love will hurt you.

How do you think you will respond the next time you get hurt?

Right!!

Now, what if we instead told our brain:

“Okay this person ripped my heart out – but that’s only one person.
I’m lovable and have many loving people in my life who are not out to hurt me. I know that the right people are coming into my life all the time. If someone hurts me, I will forgive them and bless them on their way.”

Words can be empowering.

I can
I love to
I want to
I will
I must
I am
We can reach a new level of living, if we feed ourselves empowering words and practice saying them until they become a habit.

I know first hand that it takes time.

And I also know that it’s worth it.

Use Empowering Words When You Talk to Yourself
{Whether you are speaking out loud or silently}

Try it for a week.

Catch yourself saying, “I can’t”, when you don’t really mean it and instead try, “I can”, and see how you think and feel about yourself.

Remember, the words you use to empower yourself will have a lasting effect, only if you practice them and they become a habit {an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed
until it has become almost involuntary}.

They say it takes at least 28 days to develop a habit. After a week, you will see that it becomes easier. It’s a mindset and you can control your thoughts. Be proactive and not reactive – give yourself some good words.

{From Motivating Moments}

Is this biblical you ask? They Word of God says,As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7. What you think about yourself and how  you talk about yourself is exactly who you will become – think about it! God made you wonderfully and fearfully {Psalm 139:14}! You deserve to talk about yourself as God would talk about you, and He would only talk good things about you! He made you because He loves you!

{Need more help? Help! I’m Alone with My Mind; A Guide To Gaining Victory Over Your Thoughts}