Often we focus on the areas of our life that are grueling. We constantly focus on what we need to do, the tasks we must accomplish, and the routine assignments of life that seem to be never-ending. I recently told a friend of mine that laundry is never finished because as soon as you celebrate your completion, another load somehow makes its way into the hamper. The process starts over once again. My point is that the tasks and responsibilities will always be there. There will always be something that you must do. What about the things that you enjoy doing? Have you done something today that made you smile?
Smiling is good for our mental wellness. When we participate in activities that cause us to grin, our perception of the day changes. It would be best to allow yourself time to do something you enjoy, something that makes you happy. Whatever that activity is…do that. Don’t deprive yourself of joy by focusing on all of your must-do’s each day. Set daily reminders that you must do something fun, relaxing, or enjoyable. Yes, the more you do for yourself that edifies and strengthens you for what is ahead, the more you think right about you!
Mindfulness is the practice of keeping your mind at peace and focused. It is the ability to discipline your thoughts and prevent them from running wild. Have you ever let your mind wander and realized that time eluded you and your purpose at the moment was forgotten? Did you worry yourself sick over recurring and constant thoughts about what if?
The what-ifs of life can take us into a downward spiral and quickly lead us into disparaging thoughts if we are not mindful.
Today, I want to encourage you to keep your mind full of God. This means that your thoughts will be filled with peace and joy. Your mind will be at rest, and your heart will be happy! When stressful thoughts try and press your mind and turn your focus to chaotic rhythms of doubt, redirect your attention to a loving God who already has that worry answered and under control.
Keep your mind full of Him!
Matthew 6:10 They kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Lord, you instructed your disciples to pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. In response, we ask the same, “Thy will be done.” May this resonant with each of us on a daily basis. Help us to remember that when we are in your will, we will not waste time spinning our wheels. Show us each how to align with your perfect plans. We want to finish 2020 in sync with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Isaiah 33:2 Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
Father, we are asking you to strengthen our bodies and heal us.We take our claim to what you provided for us on Calvary. You bore our distress, anxiety and emotional pain. Thank you for every stripe that you took for us on the cross. Show us how to trust in this completed work. We need the proper pacing along with your perfect strength and energy. We must be in balance. Show us how to balance our lives and how to take time to rest in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Father, we pray that we stay focused on what matters to you. This is the time of year that the enemy will try and get our focus on the chaos going on around us. We declare focus and peace! We know that, “X marks the spot!” All that we need will be found in you. May we all find the sweet spot in our seek for more of your glory in our lives. We will x out dissention, distraction and doubt as we follow your leading. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Psalm 119:93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have revived me. Father, we ask you to revive us. We pray for a revival in prayer and our service. Show us your ways so that we may walk in greater compassion. We desire to perform at the next level. Let it begin with each of us. As you order our steps, mold us in a way that the vision you give us will speak through us everywhere our feet trod. Please help us to stay committed to being poured into and receive the support we need as we closeout this year.We ask that you order our steps in this last quarter so that we are prepared for the blessings that are in our future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Father, we pray that our faith in you will remain strong. Show us how to stay connected to The Vine so that our faith will not wane. Refresh our belief in you. Ignite our hearts to search your Word for the scriptures that will boost our confidence in your promises. Your Word says in John 15:7-8, If we abide in you and your words in abide in us, we can ask what we wish and it will be done for us. You said that this will glorify you. You said that if we abide, we would bear much fruit and prove to be your disciples. We declare we are faithful fruit bearers! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Can you believe that 2020 is almost over? You may greet that statement with a sigh of relief or great anticipation. This year has been different and difficult but God has still been dependable and dynamic. He has allowed us to thrive in turbulent times. The thrive is being alive. What we used to take for granted we can no longer glance over but we must be ever mindful of our gratitude. Now is the time to reflect over the past year and what you are most appreciative for in your life. It is time to press towards the finish line with fervor and faith that the best is yet to come! There is still more for you to experience and accomplish. Before 2021 arrives you must remember that before every new beginning there must be a strong ending. Over the next five days, I want to encourage you to finish strong. Invite your friends to subscribe or share the posts with someone. God is still developing and raising a great army of those who are determined to focus on the reward that comes with running our course. It is most important that you stay in your lane and avoid distraction. God has wonderful things for you to focus on as you embrace that your future will be bright!
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