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Dear Friends,
This week I participated in a training that was very experiential, meaning, everything we talked about, we did. This included sharing about our fears, talking about the things that hold us back from living to our full potential, and giving each other feedback. During the process I learned more about myself and it was confirmed in my heart, once again, that it is okay to be me.

God created each one of us unique and when we are not fully ourselves, others will miss out. They will miss out in knowing us and in receiving the many gifts we each have to offer. The gifts that God gave us are to be shared with the world. Today I want to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that reminds us to give of ourselves generously. Enjoy!

Give of Yourself Generously
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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,
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
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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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Give Freely

Dear Friends,
It is easy each year as we get raises at work through our jobs to continue to increase our lifestyles to accommodate the new income. However, there should be a point in our lives where the income is enough and we can choose to not spend more but to give more. There is joy in the act of giving and we should all practice doing it more. Sometimes giving of ourselves such as our talent, our time, and our love, has more value than simply giving money. We should practice that kind of giving as well at home, at work, and in the community we live in. Today I want to encourage you to give freely of the gifts that God has given you. Even though when we give to others they are blessed by the gift, there is a special blessing God gives the giver that you can only experience it by doing it. Enjoy today’s devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women.

Give Freely and God Will Bless You
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Deuteronomy 15:10 (NLT)

Give freely without begrudging it, and the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

As Christian women in the workplace, we must set an example of a giving people. In this verse, God is instructing the Israelites to give to their own people in need and to people from other nations as well. If someone needed something, they were to give gladly and not with a bad attitude. Verse 8 tells us to “Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.”

The Bible says there will always be people in need around us. When God blesses us with resources, we are to share them with others. In the workplace, we have the opportunity to share our resources of time, knowledge, and experience with other people. We must not become so busy with our own work that we miss those opportunities. If we help others, God will bless us in everything we do. That is a great promise and incentive for all of us to help each other.

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Dear Friends,
Every day that goes by I feel more thankful to God for what He has done in my life. I am thankful for all the relationships I have starting with my husband, my son and daughter, the rest of my family, my friends, and my co-workers and business colleagues. It feels good to have successful relationships with the people we love but the most important relationship we must have is with God. When I feel close to God and stay connected to Him through prayer and meditating on His Word, all the other relationships improve. Today I want to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that talks about being thankful to the Lord. Enjoy!

Being Thankful Truly Honors God
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Psalm 50:14, 23 (NLT)“What I want instead is your true thanks to God; I want you to fulfill your vows to the Most High.” “…But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

Psalm 51:17 (NLT)
The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.

The people of Israel used to give many offerings to God to obtain forgiveness for their sins. Many people turned this into a tradition with no true meaning or repentance from their hearts. God has not changed today. He has been and will always be, interested in one thing—our hearts. He just wants us to be thankful to Him for everything He has done for us, starting with salvation. What a gift! We must thank God daily and every moment for it. Giving thanks from the heart is what He’s after—a broken and repentant spirit willing to be changed, forgiven, and loved by God.

With today’s lifestyle we all try to do too much. Sometimes we commit ourselves to serve in work committees, kids’ activities, and even church activities—some out of guilt and sense of obligation. These activities may be good, but before we commit to anything new, we must make sure it will not take away time with the Lord. It is better to spend that time with Him than to be occupied with one more thing to do. We honor God by having a thankful heart and spending time with Him.

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

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Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,
This week was Thanksgiving week. I hope you spent time with your family and enjoyed a wonderful meal. During the busy holidays it is easy to go on without stopping to thank God for all the things He’s done for us. Today I want to encourage you to make time to meditate and be thankful to God for everything He’s given you and for what you have. Today I would like to share with you a poem I wrote on Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving
Today is a beautiful day
God created this day for you and me
For us to say thanks and to worship Him

Today is a special day
As we are to remember why we are here
The reason is to give thanks

Today we pause and reflect
We stop and give thanks
To the One who loves us so much
That He sent His only Son

On this day we realize
How much God does for us
Every day, every hour, because He cares

A grateful heart is what He wants
Just pure gratitude from the heart
The thanksgiving that flows from inside
And it overflows to the ones around

A whole day is dedicated to say thanks
In the midst of a world that is ungrateful
We stop and take the time to be thankful
For everything He has done in our lives
For sending His Son to die
All God wants is our hearts

So today thank God for His blessings
For His love and for all His gifts
Be thankful and enjoy life
And you will bless Him back

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Dear Friends,
Every day we have an opportunity to be thankful to God for everything He has done for us. Today is no exception. Take some time to thank Him for your life. No matter what you are going through, if you have God with you it will be better than going through it alone. Today, I want to share the devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to be thankful. Enjoy!

God takes Pleasure in Our Thoughts about Him
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Psalm 104:34 (NLT)

May he be pleased by all these thoughts about him, for I rejoice in the Lord.

While meditating on the Lord’s goodness, I started naming all the things He is to me, and to all of us, if we let Him. After many words that came to my mind I soon ran out of English words to call Him. Then I read this passage and wondered if He is pleased when we think of Him in those terms and the answer is, absolutely! What earthly father doesn’t enjoy and is not pleased in knowing that his children think good thoughts about him? Imagine then, how much more it pleases God when we meditate on Him, on His person, and His attributes.

I encourage you to think of words, adjectives, and descriptions of God and what He is to you, and write them down. You can get started by saying He is your loving Father, your Savior, your teacher, your friend, your helper, your encourager, your cheerleader, your hope, your source of life… When you think these thoughts about Him, He will be pleased and you will be blessed.

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

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Just Say Thanks!

Dear Friends,
This week I have been reflecting on how happy I am right now and how thankful I am that everything is going well in my life. I am almost afraid to say it because I fear it may all go away. In a time when people are losing jobs, both my husband and I are employed. In a time when people’s health is suffering, my family is healthy. In a time when relationships are broken, my relationships with my family and at work are doing great. So what do we do when everything is going well? Instead of fearing that it could all go away and something may happen, we simply give thanks to God for everything we have and for everything He has done in our lives. Today, I would like to share with you the devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that reminds us what to do when things are going well. Enjoy!

Give God All the Glory—Always
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Psalm 115:1 (NLT)

Not to us, O Lord, but to you goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.

During our working lives we will have triumphs and victories we celebrate. Some examples include being promoted, moving to a particular area within our company, being recognized publicly for our accomplishments, obtaining a degree, etc. It can be anything that brings glory to ourselves. In those moments, we have the opportunity to become proud or to give all the glory—all of it—to God.

How do you stay humble when everything is going well and you’re on top of the world? By getting on your knees at home in front of the Lord to thank Him, by recognizing that He is the reason of your success, knowing that without Him you are nothing, by doing everything you do as unto Him, and by not forgetting Him.

Give God the glory for everything you are, everything you have, and everything you do on a daily basis. He deserves the glory because of His unfailing love for us and His faithfulness.

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

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Dear Friends,
When things are going well, we forget to thank Him for his goodness. When things are not going well, we mostly ask God to help us and also forget to thank Him for what He has done in the past for us. Today I want to encourage you to be thankful for what God has done and continues to do in your life-always. This devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women will help us stay on track. Enjoy!

Be Thankful for What God Has Done
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Psalm 9:1 (NLT)
I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

God loves the heart of a thankful person. When we are thankful to Him for all the things He has done for us, He wants to bless us even more. When we are going through bad things or circumstances in our lives, we tend to forget all the blessings God has given us in the past. It is in those times we need to remember what God has done for us and truly thank Him for every gift and blessing He has given us.

When we bring these things to our remembrance, it helps us get through the current situation. Our faith also increases, and we are able to trust Him again through yet one more thing in our lives. Thanking God is vital to our success in every area of our lives.

At home, thank Him for your house, husband (if you are married), children (if you have any), your friends, and family. At work, thank Him for your job, your boss, your employees (if you are in management), your peers, and friends. Thank God for letting you be His child. Tell people of the marvelous things God has done for you.

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

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Dear Friends,
It’s been a few weeks since I wrote in my blog. It’s been very busy in my life but I also had time to go on a great vacation with my family. Now, I am enjoying time at home and spending some quality time in prayer. Today, I want to encourage you to cultivate a thankful heart toward God. He is always there for us and, like a human father, enjoys when we are thankful to Him for everything He does for us. Today’s devotional reminds us to be thankful and how to do it. Enjoy!

Cultivate a Thankful Heart by Sharing what the Lord Has Done
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Mark 5:19 (NLT)

But Jesus said, “No, go home to your friends, and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”

Jesus performed a miracle in a man’s life by casting out many evil spirits. The man immediately wanted to leave his town and go with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go home instead and tell his family and friends about everything the Lord had done for him.

We all have a personal story or testimony to tell others about God’s mercy and what He has done for us. It is important to keep this in remembrance and share it with others. This is the best way to win someone to the Lord. By sharing, we also record His deeds for us in our hearts and cultivate a thankful heart.

Having Jesus in our lives is a gift we must share with others. The best place to start sharing is with our own family and friends because they know us well and can see the changes in our lives more clearly than strangers. In the workplace we must be careful because there will be people that will not want us to share anything about our relationship with the Lord. However, God will give us opportunities to share at the appropriate moments and with people who need to hear our story. We can share our life story in a way that is personal, yet non-intrusive to others.

Therefore, don’t be afraid to share what the Lord has done for you in your life. Do it as a gesture of gratitude toward God. It is the least you can do in return for all He’s done for you.

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Dear Friends,
Last week the Lord gave me one of the desires of my heart – to finish my undergraduate degree. I have no words to thank God for that gift and for fulfilling His promise in my life. Today, I just want to say thanks to the Lord for everything He has blessed me with. I want to share this devotional with you because it reminds us where our success comes from and that we are nothing without God. Enjoy!

Don’t Forget Where Your Success Comes From
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Deuteronomy 8:10 (NLT)

When you have eaten your fill, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

For most of us it is easy to be humble when we are starting out our careers, when nobody knows us, and we are at the bottom of the ladder. But as we grow in our careers, obtain promotions, education, and higher positions of responsibility and visibility, we become vulnerable. The Bible warns us it is in our times of success when the enemy enters our lives through pride—but only if we let him.

God doesn’t mind if we are successful. In fact, He wants us to succeed in every area of our lives. But He does ask us to “not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt” (v. 14).

The key to staying humble is to give God the glory for every success, gifts, talents, or material wealth we may have. Moses told the Israelites God took them out of Egypt and performed all those miracles so that “you would never think that it was your own strength and energy that made you wealthy” (v. 17). I believe the same applies today. We all have an Egypt to be rescued from and God does miracles for all of us. Our part is to always remember God loves us and that’s why He rescues us. Praise the Lord your God for everything you are and have—including your job.

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