Monday Mantra: Jesus Has Not Left The Room

Good Day readers.

Today, just wanted to drop a short, but hopefully inspirational note.

Have you ever found yourself in a room of people that may not be your cup of tea. Or alone in a room by yourself, in search of answers, feeling lonely and alone!

One thing to never forget, is that Jesus has not left the room. While we may look around for clues of His presence those clues may never be revealed, but we must know within our hearts that Jesus enters a room before we do, and He remains long after we are gone. He dwells within us and among us for protection and guidance.

Jesus is everywhere you are. In every room you enter, know that His presence is there. Fear not, for the Lord has come before you!

Have a blessed and fruitful week.

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 Mantra: Endure For The Greater Good

A real note from the editor:

I’m tired.

I’ve been patient. I’ve been humble. I have prayed. Talked to God. Written to God. Read the word. Worked on myself. Been kind to the unkind.

And still nothing.

Yes, I am growing in faith, and yes, I am becoming a better person. But the fruits of my labor are scarce. I look around and I am disheartened to say the least. Because, I see so much happiness, so much joy around me. And I am happy for my family and friends, but a part of me can’t help but to wonder when is my happiness coming. I feel as though I have to work hard for every little bit that I have. Nothing has ever come easy to me. Sure that’s a great character builder, but at some point the only thing that one can be, is tired. Sometimes, I feel like giving up. Why keep trying when the results will continue to be the same.

The only thing that keeps me going is a message I’d like to share with you all:

Endure for the greater good.

I don’t know where these trials and tribulations will take me, but I know I will continue to endure. And I hope those who feel just as spent as I do will endure as well. Let this be our #MondayMantra:

Endure for the greater good.

Romans 5:3-4

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that the suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.