Archive for March, 2013

Dear Friends,
I recently found out about several friends and relatives that are having health issues. When I hear people have a serious illness, my first reaction is to fear for their lives. But then I remind myself that God is there, waiting for us to go to Him with our prayers. He knows what we need and, therefore, we must pray and ask Him directly for those things—in this case, health. The fact that some people get healed and others don’t is a mystery to all of us but we must trust that God has a plan and He knows why things happen. Today I want to encourage you to have faith and ask God to help you believe. This devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women reminds us that our Father already knows what we need.

Our Father Knows What We Need
Matthew 6:7-8 (NLT)

When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

The Lord wants our prayers to be sincere, honest, and to the point. Jesus tells us that our Father already knows what we need, so there is no need to repeat words or prayers. God wants us to approach Him as a child approaches his dad. Kids are direct; they ask exactly for what they need. He wants us to ask because that is the way we acknowledge Him as our God, and it shows we trust Him.

Verses 9-14 show us how we are to pray. First of all, we are to honor Him. Then we ask for His will to be done here on earth (in our lives) as in heaven. We pray knowing we have need of things and, in faith, believing He will meet our needs on a daily basis. We ask for forgiveness, with a forgiving heart. We ask Him to keep us from temptation and to protect us from evil.

If you are in need of specific things in your life, ask God exactly for what you need, believing in your heart you will receive it. If you need a job, ask Him for one. He knows what we need and when we ask in faith, He will give it to us.

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Dear Friends,
Leaders: Are they there to serve or to be served? This is a tough question to answer from the world’s perspective because the first thing that comes to mind is that we all should serve our leaders. However, the Bible says that leaders should first serve others. So how do we reconcile these two concepts? We go to the source of knowledge, the Word of God, to find out. In the end, we are here to serve one another. Today’s devotional, from my book Devotions for Working Women, talks about being a worldly leader or a godly leader and helps us think about how we see ourselves as a leader. Enjoy!

Are You a Worldly Leader or a Godly Leader?

# 209
Matthew 20:26-27 (NLT)

But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must become your slave.

Jesus explained to His disciples how kings and leaders of the world take advantage of their people. Christians, on the other hand, who want to be leaders and have positions of authority in God’s Kingdom, must become a servant to their people. It is the opposite of how our human flesh thinks it should be. A leader is not a true godly leader until that person learns to humbly serve others.

Jesus, who is God’s Son, didn’t come to be served, but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many (v. 28). Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant leader. Knowing He is the Son of God, He became a servant to serve all of us.

In the workplace, as you are promoted into higher levels of management and leadership, remember to imitate Jesus and become a servant to your employees. This means you have their best interest at heart, you pray for them, care for them, pay fair wages, and are honest, trustworthy, truthful, and loving. By being a godly leader, you provide an opportunity to your employees and your company to have an environment where loyalty and faithfulness can flourish.

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Listen to Jesus

Dear Friends,
In the workplace there are many daily decisions that you need to make. Sometimes those decisions are minor and may only affect you. But, as a leader, every decision you make has consequences and it affects people’s lives. Therefore, you need to be careful and seek God in each situation. Today, I want to share the devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to listen to God’s beloved Son – Jesus. He tells us to put aside our selfish ambitions as one of the things to do. Even though this may be hard in the workplace, we must to do it and then we can follow Christ while we carry our own cross.

Listen to God’s Beloved Son
# 237
Mark 8:34 (NLT)

Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, “you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”

When Jesus was here on earth, He continually gave instructions to His disciples on how to conduct their lives as Christians. He also taught them how to do the things He was doing here such as healing people, casting out devils, and teaching the Gospel. Every person who makes a decision to follow Christ becomes His disciple. As one, we must follow His instructions including putting aside our selfish ambition, shoulder our cross, and follow Him. We have to carry our cross while we are here. The cross means to endure anything and everything up to losing our earthly life for the sake of the Gospel. Most of us will not have to experience that extreme, but our cross is also to put aside our fleshly desires on a daily basis. Our cross is choosing to be godly versus worldly.

God, the Father, is pleased when we listen to what Jesus says. During the transfiguration of Jesus (when He appeared with Moses and Elijah), a cloud came over them and a voice came from the cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him” (Mark 9:7 NLT). God asked the disciples to listen to the teachings and the words of Jesus. We are His disciples as well, so this is for us. We must listen to what Jesus tells us through His Word. It is all recorded in the Bible for us.

Everything you need to succeed in your professional life, as well as your family life, is in the Bible. Read it, study it, and meditate on the words of Jesus. If you are going through hardship right now, believe that God will help you. If everything is going well, then don’t forget to be thankful to the Lord, the One who helped you succeed.

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Dear Friends,
One of my recent prayers has been for God to use ALL my gifts throughout my life. One of those gifts is speaking Spanish fluently. All the years I have been in the U.S. I have never had the opportunity to use my Spanish in the workplace or to help others… until recently. I am now involved with Opportunity International and will start helping our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua in various areas and I have to use my Spanish. This is an awesome challenge for me because there are a lot of business terms and words I only learned in English. Now I have an opportunity to polish my Spanish and truly be bilingual while enjoying the blessing of helping others fulfill their calling in their lives.

Today, I want to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to give of ourselves generously and use our gifts to help others. Enjoy!

Give of Yourself Generously
# 99
Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 (NLT)

Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later. Divide your gifts among many, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.

We usually interpret passages like this one to mean we should give money, generously but I believe it’s referring to giving of ourselves. God gave gifts to all of us we can share with others. The Bible tells us to give and we will receive. How we treat others, we will be treated. Basically, we reap what we sow in every area of our lives.

In the workplace we have daily opportunities to give of ourselves to others. We can help our co-workers, our boss, or customers with our time, ideas, experience, knowledge, and our love. Sometimes we show people we care for them just by listening to them and treating them with respect and dignity.

This passage also tells us to divide our gifts among many. Our gifts are for us to share with everyone that crosses our path. I believe God puts people in our lives for a purpose. Some people are in our lives one time, and we have a one-time divine appointment. Other people, He puts in our paths for a long time or forever. He connects us with the people He knows we can help and we can receive help from them.

Therefore, treat the people He has given you with His love, and you will receive your reward right here in this life as well as in heaven.

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Dear Friends,
This past week was full of meetings and decisions that needed to be made. How do we know that each decision is the right one? Where do we obtain wisdom to know how to handle each situation? We go to the source: God. When we seek God for His wisdom, He will give it to us, on the spot, when we need it. Then we make decisions both based on the information we have at hand and the wisdom of God to guide us. I personally know I have made the right decision when I have peace in my heart. Then I move on.

Today I want to encourage you to seek God’s wisdom at all times and in every situation. I would like to share the devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to do that.

Seek God’s Wisdom Above All Things

Proverbs 8:11, 17, 35 (NLT)
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can be compared with it… “I love all who love me. Those who search for me will surely find me…” “For whoever finds me finds life and wins approval from the Lord.”

Do you want the secret to a successful Christian life? Get wisdom. Seek wisdom above all things from the Lord. I say a successful Christian life because you cannot obtain the wisdom of God without first becoming a Christian. God promises us that if we seek wisdom, we will surely find it. His Word tells us that when we do find it, we win approval from the Lord. We learn to fear the Lord and then the knowledge of Him comes to us.

With wisdom, you will know what to do in every situation, in every area of your life. With wisdom, you will be able to use every talent and gift God gave you, and you will prosper.

Ask God for wisdom today. Desire it more than anything else in your life because nothing else compares with it. Your success in life depends on it.

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