I want to hear from you even when you’re angry!

This is not something that we would typically say to someone. As a matter of fact most of us want to avoid those types of conversations. I mean who really wants to hear someone yelling and super frustrated. God does, as a matter of fact he wants to hear from us no matter what the circumstances are. I don’t know about you but I cannot count how many times I’ve yelled at God through my frustration and momentary sadness. Life is not clear skies and rainbows as a matter of fact the closer that we get to God on our walk the harder the devil attacks us. Instead of a trial that would only last a day or two turns into months or even years! Through all of this however we need to make sure that we have that constant communion with God, those conversations that help to lead and guide us through this life. Psalms 55:16-18 As for me, I called to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. Psalms 62:8 trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalms 32:6-7 therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty Waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. The Bible is full of verses like these, these are just a couple of my favorites. If you’re feeling angry or sad this morning frustrated and confused, then reach out to God even if you don’t feel like it. Even though He already knows what’s going on in your life let him know how you feel about it and I promise you you will have peace in your heart. God is the almighty comforter and is there for you in all circumstances. I challenge you today to draw closer to Him even in your weakest points because that’s when we need him the most. If you would like to make that change today then please join me in prayer. Dear Heavenly Father thank you for yet another beautiful day, and the opportunity that you’ve given us to go out and do your will. Lord we may be going through trials and tribulations in our life but we know that we can always come to you with whatever we’re feeling and going through for comfort. Please help us, lead us, and guide us in what you would have us do today. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Don’t look to the past

There was a girl that I thought was really cute in grade school and she rode the same bus as me. She hung out with a different crowd of people than myself so we really had not much interaction with each other. One day I ran off the bus as I usually do to get away from school as fast as I could and as usual she would follow behind but she would be on the other side of the street walking towards her house. She surprised me one day by saying,” Hi Matthew!” I whipped my head backwards to say something back to her when I ran face first into a stop sign! She let out a little giggle and let me tell you I felt as small as an ant. We never had a chance to have a conversation after that due to my overwhelming embarrassment. This incident reminds me to not look into the past or the future but to live in the moment with God. When we ask God to forgive us he blots out our sin and forgives us. He won’t go looking into the past and say,” remember when you did this,” throwing it back in our face. He literally forgives and forgets wiping our slate clean so long as we have asked for forgiveness and are on the road to repentance. Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, and he who blocks out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isn’t that amazing that you have a clean slate today all you have to do is ask for forgiveness and be willing to repent and God will blot it out and never bring it back up again. So whatever your worries are today don’t look behind you the past is the past present is a gift from God. I challenge you to live in the present today we can’t worry about tomorrow or change what happened in the past. Matthew 6:34 therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. If you accept this challenge today then please join me in prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for yet another beautiful day and the opportunity to go out and do your will. Help us to stay in the present today Lord not looking to the past at a regrets or worrying about what’s going to happen to us in the future we can’t change any of it and need to stay in the moment. Help lead us and guide us anyway you see fit Lord and we lay all of our worries stresses and fears at your feet to have a clean slate to go out and help others. In Jesus precious name amen!

Gods got you no matter what!

No matter what we’re going through God is always there even when we feel like he’s no longer in the room listening to your prayers. There has been times where my patience and endurance felt like it was wearing very thin I’m waiting for God to answer my prayers. That’s usually how God works in my life though, I put up a bunch of prayers for different things and God will stretch my patience into a very thin line, then when you think you’re just about ready to break God reveals himself. I’m here to tell you through personal experience that God always answers your prayers but we all need to come to the realization that sometimes the answer is going to be no. Our prayers need to align with his will for us and his ultimate plan. I am writing this this morning however to remind you that no matter what our heavenly father is with us holding our hands wiping our tears picking us up off the floor when we fall and encouraging us to do better through his mighty words. There’s absolutely no situation in this world that can keep God from us so long as we believe in him and have faith that he will get us through that situation. Joshua 1:9 Haven’t I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of All comfort, who comforts Us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God. I absolutely love those two verses just because it reminds us that when we come to God and give him all of our troubles he removes those worries fears and struggles giving us patience love and understanding towards others in their situations also. There are quite a few scriptures on this topic itself but one other sticks out to me and I would like to share it with you and that is Revelation 3:10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently. I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the Earth. So if you were struggling with drugs, alcohol, work-related problems, loved ones in the hospital, financial troubles, or any of the like just know that God is always with you and he will never forsake you. He is our great comforter no matter what we are going through and you can always rely on him for comfort and strength. I challenge you today to draw closer to God, giving him everything that you have and patiently waiting for him to answer. If this is your wish today then please join me in prayer. Heavenly father thank you for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for the opportunity to go out and do the things you have set out for us to do. Lord we give you our all this morning, all of our worries stresses fears and struggles laying in your feet. We ask that you help guide us and encourage us through all of life’s setbacks and problems. Thank you for being with us, in us, and around us, in Jesus precious name, amen.

Stop shaming and start encourage others!

My entire life, I have been shamed for the way that I look and how I act. In my younger years before middle school, I was a very trim little kid with a nice tan and golden hair. Everything changed, however, once I reached Middle School. All of a sudden, my body started changing for the worst. I gained a lot of weight, and it made me feel very uncomfortable, not just the awkwardness of it but how much friends and people I didn’t know body shamed me. People think that it’s funny to do something like that, but for someone who’s struggling, it doesn’t help to motivate them. Comments like these can actually put people in a huge depression. On top of being heavy set, I wasn’t a bright kid, so I was shamed for that as well. Between these two things, it was tough for me to even go to school and even easier for me to hide behind my pain with anger. This was devastating for me because my best friends, “or so I thought,” made me feel like garbage, but I continued to hang out with them because they would talk to me. You’d think that things would change when you got older, but people who usually tear down others don’t tend to stop when their children. Unfortunately, I have a really good friend who has a huge heart for others who are suffering but tends to joke with me in a manner that I don’t find amusing. I’ll be working, and he will come up to me and grab my stomach and shake it, making my self-consciousness worse and making me feel like crap the rest of the day. I haven’t told him this bothers me, and I need to address it. They do this to make themselves feel better because things are going on in their life that they can’t control. More often than not, they are hurting inside and don’t know how to express it, so they pick on someone else to take the focus off of their pain. I suffer from a horrible depression over my weight gain, and sometimes it can be debilitating, especially when I want to go out and meet new people for church. I need to keep in mind, however, that we live in a judgmental society. Most people tend to judge on appearance as soon as they meet someone. I am constantly reminding myself that God’s judgment is the only one that matters, and he created all of us in our own individual appearance but also in His image. I am a huge jokester and love to razz other people, but I love encouraging and inspiring others. It’s okay to joke around with people so long as you’re not crossing a line. We must remember that just because we think something may be funny other people may not. Usually, when someone tells me that something I said hurt their feelings, I will apologize and try never to do that again. With all my heart, I want my words to be as sweet as honey when they come out, but that doesn’t always happen. I am human, and sometimes my brain to mouth is very fast, and things slip out that don’t need to be there. Romans 15:2-3 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. Even Christ did not please himself, but as it is written:” The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” If you need prayer this morning because you are being shamed or to help stop shaming others, please join me in prayer.

Dear heavenly father, thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for the opportunity to go out and encourage others. Lord, we ask you to show us the way to speak to other people in a positive and inspiring manner. Take the negative judgmental thoughts out of our minds today so we can uplift our brothers and sisters in Christ. Also, please remove these shameful feelings that we have from damage that other people do. Please help us to realize that your opinion of us is the only one that matters. Thank you for always being with us, in us, and around us and always answering our prayers. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Friends

We all need friends in our life! Most are placed here by God, not all, but most. These friends can be huge motivators in our walk with God and can influence you to take that next step. I cannot count how many times I prayed asking God to confirm one of my prayers or many of my prayers for that matter and all the sudden I get a phone call or run into a friend that day who inspires me talking about what I had just prayed for! In some way or another they had an answer to the prayer I just had helping me through a difficult situation that they didn’t even know I was going through. Take this morning for instance I woke up with a ball of anger inside of me that I just couldn’t shake. Thoughts were running in my head that I wasn’t a good friend or parent or husband and felt like I just couldn’t get anything right. I went and dropped my kid off and ran into a friend who paid me a compliment. She was thanking me for some of my writings on this blog saying that it helped her through some tough times. Little did she know I was anger stricken that morning and didn’t even want to open my mouth for fear that something dumb and hurtful would come out. Her words of encouragement however changed my day for the better and I almost started to cry with the warm feelings that were placed inside of me. I felt like I was actually useful and appreciated unlike what I was feeling earlier. I decided to start my day all over again wiping my slate clean from earlier. I went to the gym and ended up running into another friend who works there had a pleasant conversation about life. After that I headed home and decided to call a different friend who also helped to change my mind around a little bit more on some different notes. I’m not sure what my life would look like if I didn’t have friends in it that were from God. I could take a wild guess at how lonely it would be and unproductive. I need to praise God more often for the people in my life who care for my mental stability and spiritual care. If you’re one of those people that feel like you need to be left alone all the time then I would advise going out and making at least one friend. I need at least three or four in my arsenal everyday just to keep me going. If you were lonely angry scared or confused today then I challenge you to pray asking God to place special people in your life. I promise you that he will give you someone in your life that will help you immensely. Please join me in prayer right now. Dear heavenly father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for us being able to just take the breath of Life and be able to worship you with our lips. Lord thank you so much for the people that you have placed in our lives Lord to help encourage and inspire us to be more faithful to you. Thank you for using these people to get your messages through to us. Lord we can always use more friends in our life so if there’s someone out there that needs a friend then please introduce us to that person today. In Jesus precious name, amen!

Prayer

Heavenly father thank you for this wonderful day! Help us, lead us, and guide us in this brand new day to draw closer to you. Touch our minds, heart, and soul moving us in the direction that you want us to move. We are open and willing vessels ready for whatever you have for us today. If someone needs our help Lord please put us in that person’s path whether it be to change a tire, lend a hand, or just be an ear to listen. Give us the words to say to those people who are struggling right now and we lift up all those people who are suffering and are in pain and agony waiting for you Lord. We ask that you are with every person out there that has any kind of problem. Comfort them like only you can Lord wrapping your arms around them and holding them tight, listening to everything they have to say. Thank you for being with us, around us and in us, in Jesus precious name amen