Praise God in the hallway
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Discouraged and don’t feel like “praising in the hallway” anymore? This is what we do…

Praise God in the hallway
Praise God in the hallway as you wait for answers to prayer.

 

There comes a time, in our lives, when we just don’t feel like “praising in the hallway” anymore. We become discouraged during our trial, and we begin to wonder if God sees us.

We’ve done everything “right”: prayed boldly, waited patiently for an answer, praised and praised some more, and nothing’s happened.

What’s the right thing to do?

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Keep pressing forward

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Recently, I learned that even when the going gets tough, we need to keep pressing on. The end results will be worth it.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been on a no-carb diet. I have eliminated sweets from the menu also. Contrary to what many have said about a no-carb diet, I haven’t struggled much with it.

What I am struggling with is exercise. Last night, as I was working out on the elliptical, I found myself getting very lazy. I didn’t want to work out! It was hard, and I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to give up!

I kept lowering the recline level and resistance. Oh, yes I did! I struggled; however, I persevered and managed to get in a 20-minute workout, and I burned a few calories.

It’s better than nothing, I think.

As I struggled on the elliptical, I thought about how, at times, we struggle spiritually, and we want to give up.

Our prayer life becomes stale. We don’t make time for Bible study or quiet time with the Lord, etc. It becomes quite a challenge to find the time to be with the Lord.

It’s even harder to press on when we are surrounded by “Christians” who aren’t encouraging. Everything that comes out of their mouth is negative, gossipy, and rude.

Where’s the love? Many people say that they love, but their actions prove otherwise. I know its’ cliche, but it is true, “actions speak louder than words.”

Our behavior (verbal and nonverbal) says so much about who we are. The manner in which we approach a situation, how we say things and our reaction to adversity reveal our real character.

Let’s take a good look in the mirror. We aren’t perfect, and it will be a long time before we achieve perfection. However, that isn’t an excuse to continue to sin.

I hear this often, the first step to healing is admitting that we have a problem. In this case, we need to confess our sin to God.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3 KJV

Hebrews 12:1-3, reminds us of a few things:

1. Let go of anything that is weighing us down (sin).
2. Run the race with patience.
3. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus.
4. Remember all that Jesus endured on the cross for us.
5. Perspective! Jesus suffered and persevered until the end. We can too.

The past year has been a hard one for me, spiritually. I’ve been under spiritual attack. The best part is that I’ve learned many lessons. The greatest one is that God is the only being who is trustworthy.

We can pour out our hearts to him. As my former pastor says, “He listens, and He cares.”

Many times we allow people, who we think are trustworthy, into our lives when we should be seeking God every single day.

He is the One who cares.
He is the One who has our best interests at heart.
He is the One who keeps our secrets.
He is the One who loves us unconditionally.

It seems simple, but not easy to do:

Keep praying. Keep reading. Keep fasting. Obey God. Have faith. Have mercy. Love.

We should often think of all that Jesus had to go through for us. It’s the only way to keep pressing forward.

 

God bless you,

Ivette

 

 

Christian Life

Sometimes, we hang on for dear life

A few months ago, I thought that my Kindle was lost forever, but I discovered that it was just hanging on for dear life.

My husband and I decided to go out to dinner. I wasn’t in the mood to cook so I was grateful that he suggested going to a restaurant.

It was 5 o’clock, on a dark, January day, and we needed to get our toddler ready. We were hungry and anxious to get to the restaurant. And with all the running around, somewhere between getting the bag replenished and getting our energetic toddler into his car seat, we misplaced the Kindle.

Of course, we didn’t realize it was missing until we got home. Husband stated that he handed it to me and I said, “nope”. We retraced our footsteps and that didn’t help. We tried to solve this mystery.

It was a case of “where in the world is the Kindle”?

Days passed and we continued to search for it. Maybe the toddler hid it? Maybe it was in the car? Or maybe we dropped it in our “parking lot” (that’s what I call our driveway!)?

Let’s fast forward a few days (maybe 2 or 3? I can’t remember now!).

As I was driving with my mom and my rambunctious toddler, I noticed a white, mid-sized vehicle driving close to my car. (That is irritating!) However, I didn’t know what was about to unfold. I questioned, “What is going on with the driver? Is she okay?”

I pull into my driveway, I glance in my rear-view mirror and she is parking in my driveway, too.

I step out of my vehicle, in wonderment and I ask her, “Is everything all right?” She says, “You have a tablet sitting on your window. I’ve tried to get your attention.”

Of course, I laughed. Then, I thanked her. Feeling foolish.

Mystery solved! She found the Kindle.

This is what I believe happened– While my husband was placing our son into his car seat, on the evening we went to dinner, he placed the tablet in the space between the rear window and the trunk. It’s the small space that you have to dig into when it snows. Yup. That small space was what saved the Kindle from meeting its end. Obviously, he forgot to retrieve it.

Then I thought, “Hmm, this Kindle survived our trip to the restaurant, into and unnamed town (has a bad rep) and it didn’t get stolen. It survived my trips to the grocery stores and work and snow showers. And I didn’t notice it sitting against the window.”

This led me to meditate–we can be so distracted by all that is going on in our lives that we aren’t present or “in the moment”. We are surviving, but not functioning at our best.

We tend to worry about every-day-life and we forget what Matthew 6:25-26 says:

“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?”.

Scripture tells us not to worry and that God will take care of our needs. But we don’t do that.

Exhausted from our work week. Drained by all the negativity in the media. Unsure of how we will pay this bill or the next. Tired of the gossip. The teenager doesn’t listen. The spouse doesn’t care anymore. The best friend betrayed me.

Just like the Kindle, we are holding on to dear life and we fail to remember that we aren’t alone. God is still there. Waiting for us to talk to Him.

But, if we cannot slow down, when will we have time to spend with God? How will we hear God’s voice? When will we give Him our worries?

We need to learn to “stop and smell the roses”. We need to learn to trust Jesus with everything. That means our day, our household, our family, our work etc.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Giving all our worries to our Creator is a good thing. He can work on resolving all those problems and working it out all for our own good. He knows best.

“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:27-29; KJV

Distractions and worries are robbing us from living a full life in Christ. God tells us, through His Word, not to worry because He provides for our needs, to trust Him with everything because He will work it out for our own good.

Instead of hanging on for dear life, let’s give God our worries and live purposefully.

Ps. I am happy to report that the Kindle functions. Not at 100%, but it does. Hubby bought me an iPad mini.

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