Archive for October, 2011

Dear Friends,
Trusting God is difficult. Why? I believe it is because it’s easier to trust the circumstances—which we see—versus trusting God—whom we do not see. Sometimes we can believe He does miracles far away and have a hard time believing He can do a miracle for us, no matter what that is. That is why the Bible tells us to not trust our own understanding. Instead, we are to seek God’s will and He will then direct our paths. Today, I would like to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that reminds us to trust God daily. Enjoy!

Trust in the Lord Daily

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

Life is a daily fight; therefore, we must trust the Lord with all our heart all our days. When we depend on Him for everything we do, we are putting our trust in the hands of the Master, the Creator of the universe, our God the Father. Only when we trust Him we realize His wonderful plan for our lives. In fact, when He places His perfect will in our hearts, it becomes easy to follow every step He puts in front of us.

In the workplace, trust God that you are in the right place and that you are there for a purpose. If you find yourself in a difficult situation at work, trust God to direct your path on a daily basis. Just think how much Jesus trusted God while He went through the process of the cross!

You can purchase Devotions for Working Women at www.amazon.com.

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Dear Friends,
Many times I find myself having a hard time dealing with a situation or a person. I first believe the problem is other people or circumstances and many times that is true. However, other times, the problem is me—my attitude toward the situation or that person. When I’m in those instances I seek God with all my heart to help me understand what’s going on. He always gives me the revelation and insight of the situation and then helps me fix the problem or gives me the grace to get through it. Part of our daily walk with Christ is our willingness to change our hearts and our willingness to follow Him now. We need drop everything that keeps us away from God and our lives with Him. Today, I want to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that reminds us to have a willing and obedient heart. Enjoy!

Do You Have a Willing and Obedient Heart?
# 223
Matthew 4:20, 22 (NLT)

And they left their nets at once and went with him… They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

After Jesus started His ministry He began calling His disciples. In verse 20, Jesus called Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew. They left what they were doing (their profession and job) to follow Jesus at once.

Then Jesus found two other brothers, James and John, and they immediately left their boat (again their jobs) and their father (their family). The key words here are “at once” and “immediately.” The question to us is, are we ready to leave everything behind for Jesus if He asks us to do so? Part of our preparation to fulfill the calling of God in our lives is the willingness to leave our current lives behind and follow Him. It is to leave behind old habits, friends, family, homes, jobs, careers, etc. for His sake.

The Lord doesn’t usually ask every person to leave everything behind for His cause. But He does ask us to leave those things that will keep us from being close to Him and prevent us from fulfilling our calling. Leaving things behind to follow God is our choice daily and in every area of our lives.

The other key is obedience. Are we obeying God at once, or are we doing things when it’s convenient or not at all? Willingness and obedience are critical to our success in fulfilling the calling of God in our lives.

You can purchase Devotions for Working Women at www.amazon.com.

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Be a Fair Leader

Dear Friends,
This week I dealt with a situation at work that reminded me we, as leaders, must be fair to all our employees. When we make decisions that impact employees’ jobs the rest of the staff is watching. Therefore, we must be fair when distributing the workload—in addition, of course, to keeping the laws of discrimination in mind. The devotional for today talks about being a fair leader and reminds us what the Scriptures say about the topic. Enjoy!

Be a Fair Leader
# 211
Deuteronomy 1:16 (NLT)

I instructed the judges, “You must be perfectly fair at all times, not only to fellow Israelites, but also to the foreigners living among you.”

Moses gave the instructions above to his judges when he appointed them to help him rule God’s people. If you have a position of leadership at work, you must also be fair to all your employees. Sometimes Christians may favor other Christians at work because we are brothers and sisters in Christ. However, the Bible tells us we are to treat everybody the same—Christians and non-Christians. We will always have to interact and live among people from various cultures and religious backgrounds. Instead of feeling righteous and superior to them, we must have the compassion of God and be a witness. One way to show them the love of God and being a witness is by being fair.

In addition, from the legal standpoint, we have to comply with the laws protecting all employees. But we need to go beyond that. There are subtle ways in which we can show favor for some people over others and that is also wrong. Verse 17 says, “When you make decisions, never favor those who are rich; be fair to lowly and great alike.”

Examine your heart to ensure you are being fair with everybody in all you do and at all times—especially if you are in leadership.

You can purchase Devotions for Working Women at www.amazon.com.

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