Monday Mantra: Setting The Atmosphere To Receive Our Blessings

Sometimes we feel like we are doing all we can to be blessed: We pray, we fast, we read the word. Still nothing. Well, please keep in mind, that what I have learned, albeit reluctantly, is that the Lord sometimes hits the pause button on our blessings, because He sees something we don’t. Maybe we are not ready, prepared or any other reason that the Lord may deem.

However when we truly search or hearts for the truth, what we may find is the possibility that we are blocking our own blessings. A lot of times when we find ourselves doing all the things we think we ought to do to be blessed, the mechanism, such as praying, fasting, going to church, tything, etc., yet the blessing seem to never manifest. It’s then that we should take a step back.  Look deeper, into our hearts, into our personal lives, those crucial places that only God has insight into; question ourselves to find out if those are the places in which the work needs to be done most.

Taking a step back and setting the atmosphere to receive the blessings that the Lord holds for us, allows us to put ourselves in a position to receive what God has ordained for us, in a genuine and grateful way. Some blessings are so great, that God wants to make sure we receive it with the right intention in our heart. A blessing, properly received, is treated with care, and a tender love that mimics to God our gratitude.

James 1:12

Blessed is the man that endure temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

To set the atmosphere in our lives we must examine several layers of ourself as we know it:

Look at your heart, is it clean, and pure? Does, it harbor hate, or unforgiveness towards anyone? Are you holding on to any grudges?

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

If any of these are true, then it is time to cleanse your heart, because these ailments are blocking your blessings.

Watch the words you speak and how you speak them. Our tongue gets us into more trouble than we bargain for with the Lord.

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evi

Speaking untruths, or being malicious in the way we talk about others will block our blessings for sure. Set the atmosphere to receive your blessings by speaking life and positivity into every situation and person you come across.

Lastly, look around you, is your home/personal space clean and tidy? You may not have much, but with the little that you have, how well are you treating it?

1 Timothy 3:5 For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

God will not add to your life, if you do not care for what you have already. When we care for what we have, we honor God. When God feels honored he releases more into our lives. More importantly, how can God trust us with much, when he can not trust us with the least?!

Please, don’t grow weary in well doing. God hears your cries, he hears the desires of your heart, and he will fulfill your needs as he sees fit. Remember, to bless the Lord no matter what!

Be blessed, and have a great week! Return this week for some yummy recipes, including a delicious Banana Bread recipes. 🙂

 

Monday Mood: #Forgive

Today I woke with a thought in my spirit. I figured I would share:

If you think it’s weak to forgive, you’ve obviously never forgave someone before.

The strength it takes to forgive someone who has wronged us, is unmeasurable. Not even time can measure it, because when the wound is deep enough, we find ourselves needing to renew that forgiveness time after time throughout our lives.

Forgiveness is medicine to our soul. It can heal wounds that we carry, but don’t even know we are burden by. Those wounds tend to resurface time and time again in our lives, until we are willing to fully dress them in the clothe of forgiveness.

Sometimes, the most important person we must forgive is ourselves. Often we will walk through adulthood, carrying the pain of wounds from childhood that we had no choice but to endure. And we tell ourselves things like “it wasn’t your fault”, or “you were a child”, but how often do we mean it. We tend to subconsciously attack ourselves and beat ourselves up and it shows in our behavior in every area of our lives.

Forgiveness has the power to make a broken person, whole again. The moment we turn on that switch of forgiveness, a light that had previously dimmed, reestablishes itself within us. We reclaim a subtle but definitive part of our innocence.

Forgiveness is a beautiful gift, to be given and received. Feel free to offer that gift of forgiveness today, or open to receive it.