Pull out the streamers! Toss the confetti! There’s a party going on. Shantel’s on the single train! Finally free.
How can I continue? How do I go on? Is it safe to move on?
Imagine being in the face of a massive sea with your greatest enemies charging at you from behind. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place! Moses and the children of Israel were finally free from captivity in Egypt when Pharaoh had a change of heart. He decided not only to pursue the Israelites himself but to align over 600 charioters to help anihilate them.
When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds. “What have we done, letting all those Israelite slaves get away?” they asked. So Pharaoh harnessed his chariot and called up his troops. He took with him 600 of Egypt’s best chariots, along with the rest of the chariots of Egypt, each with its commander. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, so he chased after the people of Israel, who had left with fists raised in defiance. The Egyptians chased after them with all the forces in Pharaoh’s army—all his horses and chariots, his charioteers, and his troops. Exodus 14:5-9
There Moses and the children of Israel were. Facing the great, Red Sea with their livestock, their young children, and all they had. Their promises suddenly turned into petitions.
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”Exodus 14:10-12
Some of us have been in a similar predicament. We’ve taken a huge leap of faith only to see that thing that we feared come upon us once again. It is in those times that I am reminded to trust in God. Breakthrough comes when something within us needs to be broken. For their sake, it was the Israelites’ unbelief.
1a :to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion :to regard the existence of God as a fact
- Do you believe?
—usually used with in
- believe in the Scriptures
b :to accept something as true, genuine, or real
c :to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something
Although the children of Israel had left Egypt, Egypt was still in them. That place of captivity had accumulated in their minds. In my opinion, it wasn’t the process of leaving Egypt that was the most difficult for the Israelites, it was the act of believing that they were actually God’s holy people and called to a greater destiny.
But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the Lord save you today. These Egyptians will never bother you again. The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing.”Exodus 14:13-14 CEV
It is imperative that we remember the One who has called us forth. He sees our greatest potential and propels us to move forward in victory. Regardless of where we currently are, it is our faith and God’s calling that will produce increase.
Instead of viewing your situation as a heavy weight to overcome, view it as a platform for God to display His greatness.
Stay firm and focused!
Without faith it is impossible to please God. I encourage you to make faith your first resort. It doesn’t have to make sense but it makes substance. God bless you on your journey to greater.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4
As the seasons change, I am reminded of the beauty of fall. The leaves have turned this beautiful, auburn color with golden hues and hints of green. Even the air has felt more crisp and inviting. Tis the season of thanksgiving.
a capitalized :thanksgiving day
:a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness
2:the act of giving thanks
:a prayer expressing gratitude
Upon swift walks to and from work, beauty has captivated me. It’s as if the earth has been trying to get my attention. Meanwhile, I have been somewhat engrossed in getting to my destination.
Children out of their seats. Running around the classroom. Laughing, shouts, and paper planes. Welcome to my Thursday morning. As I stood there raising my voice and demanding respect I began to feel overwhelmed. I had one goal at that point: Get home on my lunch break. As I whisked through the next class, I swiftly got my things together. I was almost through those doors.
When I stepped outside everything was at a stand still. There was warm air, birds chirping, a gentle blowing breeze, and colorful leaves surrounding me. I felt slightly disappointed that I considered the day to be horrible when it was actually abundant. God encouraged me to embrace the moment and to be grateful for it. I sat on a nearby bench and took it all in.
Thanksgiving is a spirit. You don’t have to wait for Turkey day to be thankful and grateful. Show gratefulness in your life today. Don’t miss another moment!
Here are some reminders:
- Embrace the beauty in each moment.
- Learn from your mistakes. Grow stronger, not bitter.
- Shift your perspective. Don’t be narrow-minded. Think of the bigger picture.
- Give thanks to God in all things.
- Stop and smell the roses (or shall I say pinecone this season?!)
“Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” Matthew 6:28-29 NLT
* Read Psalm 100 for more on thanksgiving. Peace and blessings! *
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When faced with a dire situation it is easy to result in fear. If you’re starting a new venture, you may be afraid it won’t be successful. If you’re moving without a job lined up, you may fear that things won’t work out the way you anticipated. What I am reminded of is how certain figures faced challenges and pivotal moments in the bible.
Abram, later named Abraham, was challenged to trust that God would bless him with innumerable descendants although he had currently had no children. Moses was entrusted with leading God’s people out of Egypt although he had a speech impediment.
The Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir. Genesis 15:1,2,4
Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Then the Lord told him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.” Genesis 15: 5-7
All or Nothing
What happens when we embark upon a new journey? A new beginning? We try to conceive the outcome in our minds. But things don’t add up sometimes. Here are five points that you should remind yourself of during those times.
Our protection is in God. (Declare: My protection is in God.)
The Lord is our Shepherd and he governs our lives. We not need to forget that He is protecting us even in times when we don’t understand.
Although it seems easier said than done we must not focus on our physical circumstances. Tap into the presence of God through praying, meditating, and worshipping Him in your daily activities.
Our faith is moving things. (Declare: My faith is moving things)
Check out this passage of how Jesus describes the power of operating in faith! Faith is our currency. ‘In God we trust’ is on our money. We can’t move without it.
Recall what has already taken place. Sometimes it takes us going back down memory lane to be empowered. For me, it’s when I check through my journals and read testimonies of what God has done that inspire. Check this one out!
Sacrifice is important.
There will be times when you have to give up things you cherish in order to move ahead. Sometimes relationships, houses, and jobs but just know that with God it is all worth it.
“When she looked ahead she smiled because she knew the best was yet to come.”
This Tuesday’s call we focused on listening for God’s voice in our lives and watching Him orchestrate in every day situations.
- What to do when you are presented with many opportunities
- How to know if God has opened the door for you
- Not being hasty
- Resting in God’s peace
- Understanding and accepting the process
I shared my testimony of overcoming hastiness and how rushing can prohibit the full manifestation of what God is giving you.
Whatever it is, take a step back and pray for guidance and clarity.
The scriptures we focused on are the following:
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalms 46:10 NLT
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:24-27 NLT
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Um… Hi God. It’s me Shantel.
Prayer has been incorporated in my life for as long as I can remember. It would be in the wee hours of the morning when mom would call us to pray. Tired, cranky, and half-sleep we’d gather in the living room of our home. Mom would begin thanking God for all of us, for clothes, shelter, and food.
After thanking Him for all of those things, mom would praise God for His goodness. As a child, I did not understand why she’d lift her voice and cry out at that point. I also couldn’t comprehend why we were up so early. But as the tears rolled down mom’s face, I knew she was sincere.
As I got older, prayer had become more of a chore in my eyes. We would pray before church, during service, before bed, and early in the morning. Prayer was a central focus in our home but not in my heart. But soon things started to change.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NLT
My world seemed to be crashing down during high school years. I battled with low self-esteem, depression, peer pressure, and a sharp tongue. Eventually, my problems had reached their boiling point. I was not eating right, was not focused in my classes, had lost motivation even at home. Prayer seemed to be my only option. As I sobbed in my bedroom one day, I tried to muster up the words to say.
God, nobody likes me…
I wanted to be accepted by God although I was broken inside. He was my only hope.
Will you marry me?
That question came from a place of emptiness inside. I was ashamed and realized that although I had participated in prayer and gone to church, I did not know God for myself. This was my chance to experience Him personally.
As I laid there, I felt a sense of relief. It was almost as if God had whispered Yes. in my ear. Somehow I felt His love. My tears of sorrow and shame turned into tears of joy.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
James 4:8 NLT
I began thanking God for loving me and caring about me. My whole outlook had changed. I had become confident in my prayers and eager to learn more about it. I would volunteer in church to lead prayer. God encouraged me to pray for my family, friends, peers at school, and those who had done me wrong.
God restored me and took away my guilt & shame. I am thankful for this powerful resource that we all can possess.
Prayer is a very important portion of a believer’s life. It is something that we should not avoid. God desires a relationship with us. Check out the following quotes and scriptures about prayer.
- Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6,7
- And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. – 1 John 5:14
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Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6 KJV
There I was again, scrolling through my phone; looking at his contact. I had just come home from work. Tired, relaxed, and feeling a little lonely. I would call here and there but this day was different. I wanted him to fill an emptiness that I had inside. There was a hunger in me and it was not for food.
Love begins with an image; lust with a sensation. – Mason Cooley
I wanted to be satisfied with his words. To delight in his conversation. So I sat there contemplating if I should or should not call him.
I decided to kneel down and pray. As I meditated, the Holy Spirit filled me with peace. “He’s my friend, not my Savior,” I said aloud. Continuing to meditate on God’s love, the hunger subsided. I thought about the blessings I had received that day and realized this was the perfect opportunity to show my gratitude.
There is a hunger within us all. A deep thirst that cannot be satisfied with food, water, or mere conversation. This is the hunger for fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Before you go to bed, have a heart-to-heart with God. Our world is constantly changing and it is so important for us to meet with Him. He sustains us (Job 33:4), rejuvenates us (Ephesians 5:29), and empowers us (Romans 8:11). Our bodies are temples and were made to please God. He loves us so much and wants to spend time with us.
I am so glad that through prayer and meditation I was able to stop lust in its tracks! We have power over every temptation and evil that forms against us. As stated in Isaiah 54:17, No weapon that is formed against you will prosper! Declare this over your life: I have kingdom authority and power!
Prayer for Devotion with Holy Spirit
You are faithful, mighty, and wonderful to me. Thank you for leading me in this day. You bless me with gifts seen and unseen. You protect me from dangers great and small. Because of you, I can live in freedom. Freedom from sickness, freedom from disease, freedom from lust and so much more! (You may insert your own personal deliverance.) I have power and authority because Jesus rose with it all. Holy Spirit, lead and guide me. Show me how to connect with you. When an urge comes upon me for other things may I be satisfied with you. I love you. Purify me. I give you everything. The good and the bad. Jesus made a way for me to be forgiven. By grace and through faith I am healed!
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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7 BSB
Lately, the Lord has been dealing with me on the principle of asking. I must admit, it has not been an easy process on my end. Their have been various scenarios in the past few weeks where asking for something was a requirement. Questions rise on a daily basis in the average person’s life but this process was definitely an eye opener. Read more
I am so happy and filled with joy! I’ve had days of feeling down and days of pure delight but all of my days have been GOOD days. I’ve come to a place where I understand that situations change but you can still make the most of them.
Maybe you’ve had a rough day, week, or even month but just know that life happens. Keep focusing on the light in your life and surround yourself with positive people. If you can’t seem to find the light then pray or meditate. Such a small outlet can have a great impact on your life. Cheers to a happier, healthier You.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14-27
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10