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The Truth Behind Affirmations

If you believe the phrase ‘you are what you think,’ then life truly stems from your thoughts.  But we can’t rely solely on thoughts.  We must translate thoughts into words, and eventually into actions in order to manifest our intentions.  This means that we have to be very careful with our words; choosing to speak only those words that work towards our benefit and cultivate the good in and around us.

This is where “affirmations” come in!

plural noun: affirmations
  1. the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.
    “he nodded in affirmation”
    synonyms:  declaration, statement, assertion, proclamation, pronouncement, attestation; oath, avowel, guarantee, pledge; formal averment, asserveration
    “an affirmation of faith”
  2. emotional support or encouragement.
    “the lack of one or both parents’ affirmation leaves some children emotionally crippled”

The word “affirmation” comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady; strengthen.”  Affirmations help to “purify” our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think nothing is impossible.

mindsetAnd affirmations do indeed strengthen us by helping us to believe in the potential of something we desire to see come to fruition. When we verbally affirm our desires and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a sense of reassurance that our spoken words will become reality.

Affirmations are also proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to “rewire”
our brains.  A lot like exercise, they raise the level of ‘feel-good’ hormones and push our brains to form positive thoughts.  In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an important role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.

Can we take it a step further?

Let’s look at what the Bible says about affirmations:

As believers, our confession should be a lot more than just a “positive affirmation” or confession.  And while the Bible tells us to confess our sins, that is not the only confession we need to make.  We are also told to confess, or speak out loud, the promises of God, in faith, so that we can receive them!

First, we need to clarify the difference between the positive affirmations, or confessions, taught by the success propagators in the world and a “Bible confession.”

Many times, the motivational speakers’ confessions are directed solely toward “self,” not toward God’s Word.  Now while these positive confessions are wonderful personal motivators, we as believers cannot stop, nor FOCUS, there.  We have to be mindful that they are not founded on the Word of God.  Instead, they are based on what we desire for ourselves.

For example, you will probably never hear a typical motivational speaker confessing the following portion of God’s Word:

“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us.”  2 Timothy 2:12

We have to begin confessing what the Word of God has to say about our lives and circumstances instead of what those in the world may speak about the situation.

The Bible Says Confession Encourages God’s Desire to Bless Us

In confessing God’s Word, we must be careful not to only pick out the Scriptures we desire, but also the ones the Lord desires for us.  He surely desires to bless us, but He also desires to cleanse us.  So we must be as enthusiastic in our confessions to be cleansed from all that would offend the Lord as we are in confessing the physical blessings He has promised us.

We must also learn to set a guard on our mouths, as it’s very important to control our conversation.  After all, we will ultimately receive the things that we speak.  If we speak evil long enough, it will come to pass; likewise if we speak good.

“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”  Psalm 50:23

“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  Proverbs 18:20-21

woman_handsraised_396x600We should not only claim God’s Word, but also learn to speak or confess His Word.  We also need to confess our faith in God’s Word.  We shouldn’t confess lack, as the Lord has given us everything we need.  We must not confess defeat, as God has made us more than conquerors.  We cannot confess doubt, as God has given us His faith.  We have to speak the things that the Word of God declares as truth.  We easily quote what men have to say on a subject, and many times we believe them despite what the Word of God has to say about it.  Yet we’re often hesitant to quote what God says because the devil tells us we would be lying. He causes us to look at our circumstances instead of the God’s Word.  But we must know that circumstances are subject to change!  And one of the things that can cause them to do so is the confession of God’s Word over a particular situation.  In fact, the Word of God tells us to confess, or talk, about the things we are believing God will do in our lives and He will bring it to pass!

“He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”  Romans 4:20-22

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”  Romans 4:17

For instance, if we’re in need financially, the devil will try to get us to confess things like, “I guess we’ll just have to file bankruptcy since we can’t pay the bills,” or “I don’t know what we’ll do when we can’t make the house payment.”  Instead, we need to align our confession with the Word of God!

“My God shall supply all your (my) need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (me).”  Matthew 6:33

We should confess our faith and trust in the Lord by saying,”I don’t know how the Lord is going to help us meet this need, but I confess that He will because He cares for us and because He said He would!”

We bring evil and good things forth by what we speak.  Jesus referred to this in Matthew 12:34-37:

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”  Matthew 12:34-37

As the people of God, we should never again confess any of the things that are against God’s Word!

Let me share with you my “Never Again List” taken from Don Gossett’s book, ‘What You Say Is What You Get’:


  • Never again will I confess “I can’t” because “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
  • Never again will I confess lack because “My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
  • Never again will I confess fear because “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith because “Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20) and because Jesus said “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)
  • Never again will I confess weakness because “The Lord is the strength of my life” (Psalm 27:1) and because “The people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)
  • Never again will I confess the supremacy of Satan over my life because “Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
  • Never again will I confess defeat because “God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
  • Never again will I confess lack of wisdom because “Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • Never again will I confess sickness because “With His stripes I am healed” (Isaiah 53:5) and because Jesus “Himself took my infirmities and bare my sickness.” (Matthew 8:17)
  • Never again will I confess worries and frustrations because I am “Casting all my cares upon Him, who careth for me.” (1 Peter 5:7) so, in Christ, I am “care-free.”
  • Never again will I confess bondage because “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
  • Never again will I confess condemnation because “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1); I am in Christ, therefore, I am free from condemnation.
  • Never again will I confess loneliness because Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20) and “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)
  • Never again will I confess curses or “bad luck” because “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)
  • Never again will I confess discontentment because “I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstances) I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
  • Never again will I confess unworthiness because “He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)


So to everyone reading this post, don’t just stop at replacing negative thinking with positive affirmations.  But take it all the way and replace worldly thinking with scriptural thinking!

Understanding Seasons & Times

Key Verses:

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Ecclesiates 3


Time can be looked at from both a long-term (days, years, decades, etc.) and a short-term view (seconds, minutes, hours, etc.).  It can also be broken down into seasons.  And seasons can be broken down into times.

Think about how time is broken into the 4 seasons (as in weather seasons):


Often we think of perfect “in between” weather.  Springtime is what I call one of the “transitional seasons,” along with Fall/Autumn.  Many noticeable changes are happening; flowers and trees are blooming, insects and other bugs come out in swarms, smells are 6359516072445244531069085440_spring-06different, and the colors of nature pop out brightly.  Springtime also bring about the ‘rain season” when some of the worst thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and high winds happen!  But we cannot help but remember that these same rains are necessary for the growth of the beautifully sweet flowers that bloom during this time of year.  These rains are the key ingredient to unlocking the beauty of Springtime.

Ask yourself, better yet, ASK GOD, although I’m in my Spring season, what time is it in my life?  Am I in my “rain season” when I have to endure the tossing storms of life that are necessary for my spiritual and natural growth?  Or is it my time to enjoy all of the beauty and serenity of my Spring season?


When I thought of summertime, one of the first things that came to mind was that this is a season that warrants a change in the clothing that we wear.  This is a season where we much shed or “take off” things (in this case, layers of clothing).  We no longer need that light sweater or long sleeve blouse that may have been necessary during the cooler days of Spring.  Summer is also a time when we experience the extreme changes in outside temperatures.  It’s a time of heat, and oftentimes, EXTREME heat!

1399065.largeWhen we consider our “summer life season,” we must consider that this could be a time when GOD is allowing the heat to be turned up on us.  This may be a time for some of you when things have started to “go from bad to worse,” as we often hear others say.  Or maybe we’ve used those words ourselves.  If could be a time when we are experiencing what we feel are the greatest trials of our lives.  On the other hand, it may be a time when God is allowing us to bask in the rays of His “Sunshine.”  This is a time when we are experiencing the warmth of God’s overwhelming favor!  Either way, we know that the heat we are experiencing is making us, and that we are promised that we’ll come out as pure gold!


Like in Spring, Fall/Autumn is a season where many noticeable changes happen around us.  The colors of nature are visibly changing.  Once bright, vibrant colors are transitioning to the earthy browns, oranges, and reds that the season change brings.  Also like in Spring, with this new season comes the crisper feels and smells of the air, and the flowers and trees are no longer boasting fresh blooms.  They’re replaced with crisp leaves and the sights of more branches and twigs.  And as mentioned above, I call Fall the second “transitional season.”

If we liken our lives to the Fall/Autumn season, we can consider that we could be coming out of a “fiery furnace” season, into the coolness of our lives.  We could be experiencing a leaves-autumn-sun-615365sense of relief from some of the tests we are in.  On the other hand, we could be transitioning into a colder season where our once booming lives are taking on a slower pace.  We could be experiencing a change in the livelihood of some relationships.  We may be beginning to lose friendships that once kept us full of life.  We could be feeling like our lives are dying slowly.  In either case, we must ASK GOD, are we “coming out of “or are we “going into” a new season???


Winter, like the summer, is another season when we experience extreme temperature changes that warrant a clothing change.  It is a season when we must “put on” more layer in order to endure the cold temperatures.  It’s also a season when temperatures can get so extreme that we experience moderate to heavy snow storms.  We must endure icy precipitation and even road closures if conditions are bad enough.

Sunset in the wood in winter periodIf we’d apply these seasonal ideals to our lives, we might ASK GOD, are we in a time of isolation or are we in a time of “hibernation” or rest?  If we are in a time of isolation, we may be at a point in our lives where it seems everyone we depended on has abandoned us.  We could be feeling like the support system we once had has dissolved.  We may even be feeling like God has abandoned us.  You may feel that you are crying out to God but aren’t hearing, feeling, or seeing any response at all.  It’s almost like the heavens have been shut on you.  On the contrary, you may be experiencing a time where God has pulled you away from those things and people that are weighing you down.  Some you may not even realize are bogging you down.  But God may have pulled you away to Himself and is using this time to pour strength and peace back into you, without letting anything or anyone else pull from you.  You could liken this place to the “secret place of the Most High” the Bible speaks of where God allows us to “abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”  Either way, we must seek God to understand what time it is for us!


11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:”


MAIN POINT:  We must seek God to understand, not only what season we’re in (we need to be properly “dressed”), but also to understand what time it is for us!


That’s often the case when we are transitioning into new seasons. And it makes the move a more trying, confusing experience than it needs to be.  Typically, it’s not rebellion that keeps us from transitioning to the new place God wants to take us. It’s often just ignorance, immaturity, or fear of change.  But failing to move in God’s timing can bring unwanted consequences, such as strained relationships, financial loss, and stress.  We need to discern the times and seasons we’re in and move with the Holy Spirit!  After all, God promised us in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that He has made everything beautiful in His time!  Please note that the verse does NOT say that He WILL make everything beautiful, but rather it says, HE HATH MADE everything beautiful!  So that tells us, whatever we are in, IT’S ALREADY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

Carry on…

Good morning my dears!

Have you ever been in a situation where you knew that someone was speaking ill of you, whether you witnessed it yourself, or someone advised you of such?  If we would be honest with ourselves, no matter how unaffected we claim to be, it does hurt a little.  And it can be especially hurtful and disappointing when your “accuser” is someone close to you, or someone you just thought never would betray you in that way.  But, I have good news for you!  Be thankful that this has happened!  “What?!  Why?!”  Those are the questions that may have just popped  in your head.  And some of you may be thinking right now, “Yeah, this girl is trippin!”  But just hear me out for a second, ok?  I promise I haven’t lost some marbles…lol.

Give me a few minutes, and I will show you how slander ends up working in YOUR favor!  So, consider the following:

  • Focus on the road, not the wall.  Criticism and negativity from other people is like a wall.  If you find yourself focusing on it, you’ll end up running right into it every time.  You’ll get blocked by negative emotions, anger, and self-doubt.  And as a result, your mind will go where your attention is focused.  Criticism and negativity don’t prevent you from reaching the finish line, but they can definitely distract you from it.  BUT, if you focus on the road in front of you and on moving forward, then you can dodge and speed past “naysaying” in any form.  So remember, when someone dishes out a negative comment about you, take that as an opportunity to stop and reaffirm yourself.  Use that as a signal to recommit to your personal truth and your knowledge of who you are.   And, refocus on the road ahead of you. Some people are determined to take things personally and tear down the person they feel intimidated by.   Remember also, your life is too short to worry about pleasing those people.
  • Ignore it.  What is said about you behind your back always says more about the speaker than it does about you.  I’ve found that one very important thing that people who choose to slander others do not consider is that, while they are badmouthing another person, there’s a VERY good chance that, eventually, those they’re infecting with their negativity will step back and evaluate their character.  After a while, people will start to really think about what it is about that negative person that makes it so easy for them to bad mouth others.  And worst of all, people will soon realize that these same naysayers are not to be trusted and that they could become the object of the negativity next.  So, my point is, don’t even exert your energy toward the source of negativity in your life, because while they’re talking badly about you, they are destroying their own character.  They will self destruct after a while.
  • Guard your borders.  If a person, whether a  friend or common bystander, continues to damage your character with hurtful words, you may have no option but to limit your exposure to this toxic friendship or interaction.  In these cases, it’s all about protecting yourself by drawing up firm boundaries between you and this person.  If necessary, cease contact with this individual.  This guards your heart and mind against hearing the painful words this person is saying, and also reduces the ability for this person to know your life and therefore to talk about it.  All in all, consider that this negative person has also afforded you the opportunity to really stop and reevaluate your relationships with those around you.  Here lies an opportunity to do some “house cleaning”.
  • Rise above it all.  Finding healing and closure for your hurt feelings regarding a person’s negative comments requires both external and internal resolution.  External resolution involves sometimes having to confront that person and dealing with the conflict.  Sometimes it’s best to not confront the person and seek advice from someone you trust concerning the situation.  This is an area where it’s of the utmost importance to use wisdom.  Internal resolution is looking within yourself and finding the strength to rise above the situation.  People can’t make you feel certain things unless you give them emotional control to make you feel that way.  You are in control of how you react to situations and words.  Feel empowered to recognize that you can’t make everyone happy, including your friends or family who might bad talk you.  Recognize your strengths and the positive things in your life, and rise above the hurtful slander.

All in all, we have to recognize that when someone talks badly about another person, it’s a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves.  Insecurity, low self-esteem, feelings of intimidation, and jealousy are some of the main contributors to slander.  So, what does this mean?  It means that, if we really look at the concept of slander, we will see clearly that, it doesn’t even have anything to do with us at all!  Slander is a clear manifestation of another person’s inner struggle.  And guess what the best part of that is?!  The best part of that is that that struggle is not ours at all.  There is nothing we can do about it, and we have no responsibility for it.  All we can do is pray that that person is healed themselves, and we must stay focused!

So, although we may not escape from every negative situation brought upon us by other hateful people unaffected, we can always benefit from it.  So, the next time you get wind of someone slandering you, whether you hear it with your own ears or not, put a smile on your face, and let your actions scream these words in response to the negativity and keep it moving!

Let Go……Let God




…That’s maturity!


…in the strength of it’s silence


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A Lesson on Gratefulness

“What if today we were just grateful for everything?”

Wow! What an amazing quote, huh?

Super Easy & Delicious Spicy Shrimp Scampi Recipe


  • Rice or pasta of your choice
  • 1 pound medium peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 6 tablespoons (unsalted) butter
  • ½ finely diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped green and red peppers
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4-5 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Spices of your choice (oregano/cayenne/paprika/thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste


Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix salt, pepper, and olive oil to form a fine mixture.
  2. Next, add any of the spices of your choice (only a pinch) to this mixture.
  3. Add shrimp to this mixture and set aside for some time to marinate.
  4. In a skillet, add cooking oil and sauté garlic in it.
  5. Cook on low heat until the garlic is soft and slightly amber in color.
  6. Remove garlic from the oil, and add the marinated shrimp to the oil.
  7. Cook for 1 minute. Turn over each shrimp in the skillet and cook again for a minute.
  8. Cover the skillet and let the shrimp cook for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Turn off heat and let it sit for a few minutes.
  10. After the prescribed time, take the lid off to check. If the shrimp is pink and juicy, it is perfectly cooked. If you find it tough and not properly cooked, you can add 1 teaspoon of oil, cover the skillet and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  11. Lastly, add lemon juice and parsley and serve hot! This shrimp scampi can be used as topping for rice, pasta, as well as pizza.

Today’s Devotion: “He Knows Your Name” by Kathy McCown

“‘Mary!’ Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, ‘Rabboni!’ (which is Hebrew for ‘Teacher’).” John 20:16 (NLT)

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After circling this issue for months, we found ourselves at a crossroads, and the decision fell to a family vote.

We gathered around the table and posed the question weighing on all of our minds, What should we name this baby boy?

Deep into my pregnancy with our fifth child, we struggled to find a name. My husband, Luke, and I narrowed the options down to three names but still needed help picking the name. That’s when we called on the voices of the older siblings. One by one, they raised their hands to establish where they stood on the matter.

After everyone had their say, we ended up with a unanimous vote for the name Isaiah — well, almost unanimous. One brother voted for Jesus on a write-in ballot — but we went with the majority.

I love remembering the stories of how we named each of our kids. I still love saying their names. It’s so much more than a word to me. It’s a declaration of who they are and how much I love them. It’s a connection between their hearts and mine.

Our key verse records a moment in history when one woman heard her name. Oh, I’m sure she’d heard her name leave the lips of many people in her lifetime. But in the darkness of this morning, many centuries ago, I expect it sounded different than she’d ever heard it before.

This special morning, some women approached an empty tomb. The rolled-back stone surprised them. They mourned, afraid someone had taken their Lord to a place they didn’t know. “But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb” (John 20:11, ESV).

As the story unfolds, the tomb Mary once thought empty becomes suddenly consumed with the brilliance of two angels. She explained to them her sorrow, then turned to meet Jesus face to face, yet she did not even know it.

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away’” (John 20:15, ESV).

I imagine her hysterical. Shoulders sobbing. Eyes clouded with sorrow. Words pouring from her broken heart. Pleading, begging, anything to find her Lord.

In a moment so raw, Jesus could have done anything. He could have opened up the heavens and called on a chorus of angels. He could have announced His triumphant victory over death in a booming voice. He could have made the earth beneath her feet shake.

But in the very first revelation of Himself — following the greatest victory in the history of the world — Jesus chose to speak to one woman, personally: “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to him in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher)” (John 20:16).

Sometimes, it’s easy to wonder what Easter has to do with our everyday reality. It can feel so big. Like God so loved the whole world kind of big. And God does love the whole world! So much that He sent Jesus to be our salvation.

But today I pray you hear Jesus calling your name. I pray you see Jesus looking into your eyes. And that you can recognize His voice, in the midst of a noisy world, just like this personal, intimate moment shared between the God of the Universe and His daughter. Sometimes, God loves the whole world by loving one life at a time.

Maybe you’re like my daughter who, in the midst of all of the baby naming, questioned whether she’d still have the same name when she grew up. She worried she might not always be my child and wondered if the curve balls of life might strip her of the title of Annah, the daughter I named. The daughter I love so deeply.

I reassured her, “Yes! Annah will always be your name. And I will always be your mom. No matter where you go or how big you grow, that will never change.”

God knows your name — no matter how far you’ve traveled. God knows your name, and He’s calling it today.

Dear God, help me recognize Your voice this Easter. Empower me to experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully, so I can know with confidence when You speak to me personally. Make me complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Isaiah 43:1, “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.’” (NKJV)


Today’s Devotion: “Be Trainable & Humble” by Dr. Joyce Meyer


For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty . . . to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29

All we need to do is look at some of the disciples Jesus chose and we quickly see that God does not always or even usually call those who seem to be qualified. I can say for sure that God will prepare you in whatever way He chooses. It may be formal training and it may not, but God will use everything in your life to train you if you are willing to be trained. It’s sad to say that many people have a great calling on their life but they are too impatient to go through the preparation that is necessary to equip them for the job.

Esther had to have a year of preparations before she was allowed to go before the king. For 12 months, she went through the purifying process, but even more than her physical beauty, her inner beauty showed though, and God used her to save her people from wicked Haman’s evil plot.

If you’re feeling unqualified for something you believe God is calling you to do, don’t let that stop you. He will be your trainer.


Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you. 1 Peter 5:6

Joseph dreamed of having authority and being a great man. However, he was young and impetuous. Joseph’s brothers hated him and sold him into slavery. God used the situation as an opportunity to test and train Joseph. He even spent 13 years in prison for something he didn’t do, but whatever happened to Joseph during those years definitely equipped him for his God-ordained role in history. Joseph rose to power with only Pharaoh himself being greater. He was placed in a position to feed multitudes of people, including his father and brothers during seven years of famine.

Peter had to be prepared by going through some very humbling experiences; he was a powerful man but a proud man as well. The Lord had to humble him before He could use him. Most strong leaders have a lot of natural talent, but they are also full of themselves (pride) and have to learn how to depend on God. They have to trade in their self-confidence for God-confidence.

Your pain can become someone else’s gain. Your mess can become your ministry if you will have a positive attitude and decide to let everything you go through prepare you for what is ahead.

Lord, I humble myself before you and recognize I can do nothing of lasting value apart from You. Work through all that’s going on in my life to prepare me for what is ahead. Lord, thank You for calling me to follow You. I am delighted to be one of Your disciples. Equip me for the service You have for me. Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Excerpts from The Confident Woman Devotion by Joyce Meyer. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Today’s Devotion: “Your Unique Grace” by Brian Houston

I’d like to share some of my favorite devotions with you, from various authors.  


Taken from the LIVE LOVE LEAD Devotional by Brian Houston:

“Part 1 – A Big Life – Your Unique Grace”

Do you wish your life felt as comfortable as your favourite clothes? That your life expressed the alignment of who you are with who God made you to be? I’m convinced that we all long for this kind of life – living in our unique place of grace.

Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by life. The Bible is full of characters who felt out of their depth and inadequate for the task placed before them. To be honest, I can’t think of a time when I haven’t been living outside of my depth. Life is certainly full of overwhelming moments, especially if you want to do something worthwhile and live with a sense of purpose. Yet, it’s easy to be distracted by your insecurities, trying to live up to other peoples’ expectations and putting pressure on yourself to be someone that you’re not.

Do you recognise your strengths? Or are you consistently overlooking the very things—talents, gifts, attributes—that God intends you to use? Who does God say you are, and what has he called you to do? The key to living a life of purpose is being able to answer these questions.

We can find clues in the Bible about how to live a life of purpose within the comfort of our unique grace. In almost every letter the Apostle Paul wrote, he begins by introducing himself within the context of grace (Ephesians 1:1 is a great example). Paul clearly had confidence in who he was and what he did, despite his past. He was comfortable with his calling regardless of the challenges he faced, and he was comfortable with the way God uniquely dispensed grace in his life.

In 2 Corinthians 10:12 Paul says,For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

Just like Paul, you must be comfortable living within the gracious limits that Christ has bestowed upon you in order to move into God’s purpose for your life. Make the decision to embrace your unique grace and shake off the limitations of living up to other’s expectations. Then you’ll become comfortable with your life in a way that feels like putting on your favourite clothes.

Prayer: Lord, I ask for the strength to move past the restrictions that I or other people have put on me. Show me how to live a big life with wisdom, to find my unique place of grace and to live free.


“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”   Psalm 90:12 (KJV)

“12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.  14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:  15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labour; but having hope, when our faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,  16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.  17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 10:12-17 (KJV)

“28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meet and lowly in heart:  and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)

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