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Archive for September, 2013

Dear Friends,
So many times we plan for things in our lives and we forget to ask God to direct our paths. How do we stay on track and involve God in our daily lives? One way is to pray often and asking Him directly to help us determine the best way to go, the best approach to a situation, and the best solution to a problem we may be facing. Today’s devotional from my book, Devotions for Working Women, reminds us that God’s ways are always higher than our ways. Enjoy!

God’s Thoughts and Ways Are Higher Than Ours
# 119

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We will never be able to understand God with our natural minds. But that’s okay. We, as believers, walk by faith having the revelation that He loves us. God’s thoughts and His ways are so much higher than ours, so much bigger and different than we could ever imagine. How can we ever think our ideas are better than His? He already thought it all out, from the beginning to the end, from the moment we were born until our last breath here on earth and then in eternity.

Purpose to live your life God’s way and not your way. Follow His plan, not your plan. Get to know Him by spending time with Him. Ask yourself these questions: Are your work and career plans aligned with God’s will for your life? Are God’s thoughts and ways reflected in your life?

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Dear Friends,
Recently, I have not been spending time in prayer as I would want to. When I don’t allocate special time to be with God, I can see how it affects me in several areas of my life. I start being more impatient, less compassionate toward others, and experience less joy in my life. Every so often, I need to recommit my time with the Lord and refocus on Him. When I do that, I can also see the results right away. I am more relaxed, more compassionate and patient with others, and I am simply happier with my life overall.

Today, I want to share with you a devotional from my book, Devotions for Working Women, that will encourage you to spend more time with the Lord in prayer. Enjoy!

Spend Time with the Lord in Prayer
#12

1 Peter 4:7 (NLT)
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.

In this verse, Peter is talking to all of God’s chosen people, therefore, he includes us. No matter how successful we are or want to become in business, we cannot prosper without prayer. The Bible says we are to pray earnestly and we are to do it on a consistent basis. Prayer is what connects us to God, our Father. Through prayer we get close to Him, and He gets close to us. Through prayer we get to know the person of God, we receive His blessings, and the revelation of His Word.

We are to live our lives as if Christ is coming back today and as if the end of the world (the church dispensation) is ending soon. The signs of the end of times are evident in these last days. Therefore, spend time with the Lord, and schedule Him in your life as the most important appointment of your day. Just as you protect the time you have allocated for a customer or vendor meeting, or the time you allot for a special training, you need to protect the time you set aside to be with your Father. The meetings with the Lord and your time in prayer will help you succeed in all the areas of your life.

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Dear Friends,
It is hard to keep the faith and continue the fight when you get bad news or when your prayers don’t get answered. But today I want to encourage you to continue and not give up believing God for an answer to your prayers. He does listen to you even though you may not hear back. Today, I would like to share with you a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that will encourage you and lift your spirit. Enjoy!

God Does Hear and Answers Our Prayers
#159
Psalm 116:1 (NLT)

I love the Lord because he hears and answers my prayers.

Part of trusting God is knowing in your heart and believing that He does hear your prayers and that He does answer them. What are you praying for lately? What prayers have you been asking God that He has not answered yet? Are you expecting an answer from Him? I encourage you to continue to pray until you see the answer manifested.

Some prayers take longer to be answered than others, due to various reasons. Sometimes we are not ready to receive the answer and we need more preparation. Other times, we don’t fully trust Him to perform what we’re asking. Other times we may not be in His will, and He knows that what we’re asking will harm us.
Every situation is different, every prayer request is different. If you are asking for a new job or for a work situation to be resolved, ask God to give you patience to wait for His perfect timing. If you are feeling He is not answering any of your prayers right now, thank Him for everything He has done for you in the past. This will lift your spirit and encourage you to continue to pray until He answers your prayer.

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