“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ” Philippians 3:14
One day I was driving in the pouring rain and I could barely see. People were pulling onto the side of the road but I kept going. By the time I got home, the rain stopped. Storms, no matter how bad, don’t come to stay, they will eventually pass over.
Have you ever found yourself in a place where every time you take a step forward, you seemed to get knocked two steps back? Life happens to us all and sometimes it catches us off guard, but no matter what, you have to keep going! Press on toward the goal of hearing God say, “Well done!” Giving up could mean that we would not fulfill all that God is calling us to do.
Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes I admit it seems easier to quit than to keep moving forward. The thing that causes me to keep going is knowing that your will for my life is best for me. On my darkest days, help me to remember your promises for me. In Jesus Name Amen!
What are some obstacles in your life that are keeping you from moving forward? How might God be leading you to surrender them to Him?
Moving Forward by G.I.
The other day I was going out to water my plants and some of the neighborhood kids came around me like flies asking could they help me.
I have been out here several times and have never had that happen. When I am in my garden this is normally part of my meditation time with God and to be honest I was needing that time, but I saw this as an opportunity to minister by way of help. I put my needs aside and humbled myself before God so that he could use me in that moment. So as I began to let them take turns some of them would try to spray the others, drink the water or play with it and I would have to guide them back to focus on what they were suppose to be doing while still having fun. It was a very simple task and I realize it probably had a lot to do with it being water, but the excitement and the energy they displayed in wanting to help made it hard to resist. My next door neighbor said if they are bothering you, you can send them back. I responded that they weren’t a bother. You know I love the kids and I will get them if I need to. Lol, he said please do. Two of the kids I had known since they were babies, but only one of them remembered me and she gave me a hug. She is 8 years old, boy do I feel old. As we completed the task together I told them thank you for helping me and they said you welcome with big smiles on their faces and then they ran away. My heart was filled with joy, now that I miss. Back at my old church I worked with the Youth Ministry and they have always been one of my passions. Though I don’t deal with them in a great capacity as I did then I realize that was my teaching ground for what is to come and I try to be open to what he is doing now. The words that Jesus spoke are so important as it gives us our direction, but I believe his greatest impact in his ministry was what he did. When I reflected back on it God showed me how I ministered to them at that moment. 1. You showed them how to serve 2. You gave them opportunity 3. You gave them direction along the way 4. You showed them love by allowing them to come in your space and with a cheerful heart 5. You showed them appreciation 6. They went away filled 7. You were ministered back to you. WOW! I was blown away. That happened within maybe 15-20 mins. We can sometimes make ministry so hard and really it’s that simple. I thank God for being humble enough and open to what he was trying to do in that moment. Although I may never know the impact that one moment may make on their lives, but Ican only image the thought if I would have turned them away. It still takes a village. Don’t be so caught up in the former glory that you miss out on what God is trying to do through you now. He’s coming another way.
I Choose by India Arie
I’ll Be There by Tiffany Evans Cover by Kadesha Barnard
I was driving to work this morning and I ended up behind a handicapped bus and the 1st thing that came to my mind was they are going to take forever. The Lord reminded me of my impatience and my wrong perception. I immediately asked the Lord to forgive me. My mind then went to a conversation me and my spiritual son had last night. At the age of 12 he had a gun shot wound to his head. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was an Administrator at a Home Health Agency at the time. The Dr’s gave him zero chance of survival. They said if he survived he would be a vegetable the rest of his life. He would have to feed from a tube, never able to talk or having any feeling in his body. It is 6 yrs later and though he is paralyzed I was able to hold a 2 hr conversation with him. He can just about eat anything he wants, he no longer has a trach, he still has some sensations in parts of his body, he is back in school and is graduating this yr. He still has the desire to go off to school to be a lawyer. I encouraged him to look beyond his present condition and go for it. In life our situations and circumstances will change, but it doesn’t change the call or the anointing God has placed on your life. We may have to go another way and it may even take a little longer to get there, but with God ALL things are possible. Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Don’t allow your circumstances to disable you, cripple you or handicap you from fulfilling the purpose of God in your life. #CLEANTHISHOUSE