Archive for November, 2009

This week as we all get together with family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s not forget to thank the One to whom we owe everything we have and are—God. Today I would like to share with you one of the devotionals from my book that talks about being thankful to the Lord for everything He has done for us. Be filled with joy!

Burst Out in Thanksgiving

Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

What a promise this is to us! In this verse, David is telling the Lord how much he trusts Him—with all his heart. We must follow David’s example of trust and thankfulness. For all the little and big things the Lord does for us on a daily basis, we ought to be bursting out in thankfulness.

You have much to thank God for. When you are feeling down (and we all have those days), just start thanking God by faith. After a few minutes, and a few things you say to thank Him, His Holy Spirit will fill you up with joy. That joy will start expanding in your heart until you are ready to burst.

Thank God for your job every day. If you are in transition, thank Him for the right job He has for you. We are to be women of thankful hearts.

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Dear Friends,

With the holidays coming up, we find ourselves lacking time to get everything done. There are so many expectations of our families during Thanksgiving and then the shopping, the family gatherings, tired children, and of course, in the end… exhausted parents! As we approach these wonderful holidays, let’s not forget the real purpose behind them. First, let’s celebrate Thanksgiving to thank God for everything He has done for us and for everything we have. Then when Christmas comes, let’s thank God again for sending His Son Jesus to save us… Wow! What a gift God gave us!

Today, I want to share with you one of the Devotionals that talks about asking God to teach us to manage our time. He knows what’s best for us and what things can go undone. He helps us prioritize our days if we let Him. Enjoy!

Lord, Teach Us to Manage Our Time
Psalm 90:12 (NLT)
Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.

Time is a valuable resource. No matter who we are, we are all given the same amount of time every day, and it is up to us to use it and manage it wisely.

We often get frustrated when we waste our time because we like to be in control of our lives and that includes our calendar. Therefore, part of our daily prayer needs to include asking God to help us manage our time wisely.

Ask God to help you balance your life one day at a time. You are then allowing Him to take control of your busy schedule, cancel appointments, and rearrange things throughout your day as He wills. When you give up that control to the Lord, He will make sure your life is balanced. Just remember to give Him priority in your schedule.

You also need to be flexible. Sometimes the Lord will ask you to stop doing an activity and pray for somebody or for a particular situation. The best example is when God reminds you of someone you haven’t seen in a while. It may be the Holy Spirit nudging you to pray for that person. You need to quickly obey Him and do what He’s asking you to do. If you are to be used of Him, you have to be willing to be flexible and obey His leading. This is how you make the most of your time on a daily basis.

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Dear Friends,
Sometimes when we are overwhelmed with so much to do we lose track of who is in control of our lives. We then need to refocus and remember that God is in control. He knows us very well and He’s always there to help us and comfort us. Besides our work and family obligations, sometimes we also have other issues going on like an illness in the family, a friend going through an ugly divorce, or a bad situation at work we don’t know how to handle. That’s when we need to exercise our faith for God to help us.

Today I will share with you one of the Devotionals that talks about faith and how God only asks us to have just a little faith—that would be sufficient to get us through whatever situation we may be going through at the time. Enjoy!

All We Need Is a Little Faith
Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
“I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

From the day we become Christian until the day we die, we are to walk by faith. That is the life of a Christian. Jesus tells us that if we had as little as a mustard-seed-size faith, we could do anything. That is because we are not the ones doing the miracles, God is. All He wants us to have is faith in Him that He can and will perform what we ask Him to do for us.
We have to believe! But how do we increase our faith? By hearing the Word of God repeatedly until it sinks into our hearts. In addition to believing, we have to trust Him that He will perform His promises in our personal lives, and we should expect them to come to pass. His promises, among many, include peace, joy, rest, love, protection, and, of course, the ultimate promise of salvation. They are all free gifts to us.
Once we have a little faith, we must put it to work and exercise it with the authority that God has given us. We start with small things and, as we pass the small faith tests, we will become more confident and our faith will continue to grow.
If you are having issues at work, if you are praying for a promotion, for a special client, project, a new boss or employee, or whatever it is, have faith that God will give you what you’re asking for. Exercise your faith today.

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Dear Friends,
Sometimes in the midst of our busy lives we find that we have lost our fire, our enthusiasm for our work is diminished. When this happens, it’s time to go back to the basics and ask ourselves the question: have I lost my purpose? Today, I will be sharing from my book Devotions for Working Women, one of the Devotionals that talks about purpose in our work. Enjoy!

There Is Purpose in Our Work
Ecclesiastes 2:26 (NLT)
God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him.

King Solomon was reflecting on work, all the effort it takes to create wealth, and the fruit of his work. He realized that the pleasure of working, and everything it brings, comes from the hand of God. Otherwise, working, work itself, and the fruit of it are all worthless without or apart from God.

When we obey God’s Word and His direction to our lives, we are in His will. This pleases Him. The Bible tells us God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him.

My desire is for you, as a working woman, to have a purpose in your work. Don’t just work because you need the money. Don’t treat your job just like work that produces a paycheck. Think of it as something purposeful; do it as unto the Lord and for others. You can find purpose in any job when you look at the big picture and know why God placed you there and work as unto Him.

Ask God to reveal to you why He placed you in the workplace you are. Ask Him to give you a purpose and to help you have an attitude of gratitude toward Him. Thank Him for your job and do it cheerfully. Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NLT) says “people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.”

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