Archive for February, 2013

Dear Friends,
As I talk with various friends I realize how much we each have to do and what a huge calling we all have together to bring others into the Kingdom of God. How are we going to get it all done with the time we have on a daily basis and the time we each have on earth? I think only by fixing our eyes on Jesus and purpose in our hearts to finish our race—daily. We must never lose sight of the biggest picture—to bring people to the Kingdom of God, to give God the glory in all we do, to help and love each other as Jesus loves us. Today I want to encourage you to finish your race by sharing this devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women. Enjoy!

Finish Your Race by Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus
# 228

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.

Jesus endured His own race here on earth. He “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” (v. 2 KJV). Jesus’ reward for finishing His race is all of us living eternally in heaven with Him. Now, He is our helper during our race. He is the author and finisher of our faith, from the moment we start our race until we finish.

Don’t give up running your race at work and at home despite the suffering, the circumstances, or whatever situation you are going through. Cling to Jesus and He will help you continue the race. When you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus only, everything else will seem small. You will have the strength to fight, to get up, and finish your race. “For God had far better things in mind for us that would also benefit them, for they can’t receive the prize at the end of the race until we finish the race” (Hebrews 11:40 NLT). “Them” in this passage refers to our fathers in the faith—what they started, we have to finish. They finished their race. Now we must finish ours so they can receive their prize together with us.

In order to finish our race, we also have to strip ourselves from sin and things of this world that are slowing our progress. We cannot afford the weight of sin on our lives. We must finish our race!

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Dear Friends,
During a conversation with a friend this week, I was reminded of one of the biggest promises that God gave us: Philippians 4:19 (KJV), But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. The problem was, I could only remember the verse and not where it was in the Bible. I was sad to think that I was forgetting where to find this important verse in the Bible so I purposed myself to find it.

This situation made me reflect that I must not be thinking or sharing about God’s Word often enough. If I were, I would have these important promises in my heart and my mind ready to be shared with others. Today, I want to encourage you to read your Bible and choose your favorite verses. I downloaded an app to my iPhone that allows me to bookmark my favorite verses.

The devotional I chose today from my book, Devotions for Working Women, reminds us of this important promise so we keep it close to our hearts. Enjoy!

God Shall Supply All Your Needs
# 114

Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

In this verse, Paul thanks the Philippians for helping him during his time of need. He assures them that the same God who takes care of him will also take care of them. God knows our needs, but He wants us to ask Him to meet those needs. When we ask Him, we allow Him to meet every one of our needs according to His riches in glory (abundant supply) given to us and made available to us because of what Jesus did for us.

We have many needs in our lives and on a daily basis. But we usually only ask Him for the big things such as finances, a house, a car, or a job. We forget the other things like rest, peace, joy, or wisdom, among others. What we consider smaller things, or not as important, are indeed needed for our success in life.

If you are tired, ask God to give you rest. If you are worried, ask Him for peace. If you are sad, ask Him for joy. If you don’t know what to do on a certain situation, ask Him for wisdom. God is rich in every way, and He is waiting for you to ask Him so He can give you what you need. Ask Him in faith believing in your heart that He will come through for you. Because He will.

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Dear Friends,
This week I had the opportunity to speak at a college in MN as part of the Executive Forum with the Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) team. There were several student leaders present from various areas such as sports and clubs. At the end of the dinner, five students came to know the Lord. I don’t dare take the credit for that but I am so blessed that the Lord gave me the opportunity to speak into the lives of young adults and see the power of God changing lives.

Today I want to share a passage from John 13:31-35 (NLT) that reminds us of God’s glory and to love one another: As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for me, the Son of Man, to enter into my glory, and God will receive glory because of all that happens to me. And God will bring me into my glory very soon. Dear Children, how brief are these moments before I must go away and leave you! Then, though you search for me, you cannot come to me—just as I told the Jewish leaders. So now I am giving you a new commandment; Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

God’s glory has been in my heart lately. Everything we do must be for the glory of God not for our glory, not for our company’s glory, not for anyone’s or anything’s glory… only for God’s. During my time with the students I reminded them that as they become successful in their careers and achieve great things in their lives, to not forget God then. It is easier to seek God when we are broken, when there is nothing left, and when we are at the end of our rope. But when there is much success—either financial, with relationships, fame, reputation, etc.—then we don’t seem to need God very much. We tend to forget He exists. It is in those moments we must seek God to keep us humble and thankful. We must not forget that if it wasn’t for Him, we would not be successful to begin with.

The other part of the verse above reminds us to love each other as Jesus loves us. Our love for each other in the community, at home, in the workplace, and everywhere we go will show the world that we are different—that we are His disciples. I want to get to that point—to love everyone with the love of God—just because God created them. I encourage you to do the same.

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Let’s Glorify God

Dear Friends,
Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend who wants to bring together Christian business leaders so we can get recharged and share God back in the workplace. He reminded me that we are all here to give glory to God. Something we tend to forget when we get busy doing our daily jobs. Today I want to share one of the devotionals from my book Devotions from Working Women that also reminds us that we were created to glorify God in all we do. Let’s find ways that we can do that on a daily basis. Enjoy!

We Were Created by God’s Power and to Glorify Him
# 296

Romans 11:36 (NLT)
For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be glory evermore. Amen.

God created every one of us by His power. He has given us everything we have and made us who we are in Christ—one of God’s beloved children. We must not forget that. When this revelation is present in our lives, we feel confident and know we can do all things through Christ, the One who strengthens us.

Thank God every day for your life, your family, your job, and for all the gifts He has given to you. The purpose of everything He created is intended to bring glory to Him. You were created to glorify God with your life and in all you do. This includes your workplace.

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