Sickness Isn’t Only Physical!
The Bible teaches that Jesus came to heal our wounds, to bind up and heal our broken hearts, and to give us beauty instead of ashes and the oil of joy instead of mourning (see Isaiah 61:1-3).
Many Christians read this scripture and know that God wants to heal us from physical and spiritual sickness, but there’s more to it than that. The truth is that our emotions are part of our makeup and they can become sick like any other part of us.
The world today is full of people who are suffering from emotional pain. The cause is often abuse, rejection, abandonment, betrayal, disappointment, judgment, criticism or other negative behavior by others. This emotional pain can be more devastating than physical pain because people feel that they have to hide it and pretend it isn’t real.
If you have an emotional wound in your life, you need to know that Jesus wants to heal you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking He is interested only in your spiritual and physical life. Take your wounds to Him. Jesus wants to heal you everywhere you hurt!
Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for caring about every part of me, including my emotions. Any emotional pains and wounds that I have, I bring to You. I know that You can heal and restore me.
Experiencing God’s Peace By Living in the Now
Having an attitude of peace and calm is priceless. It’s an attitude that says, ‘I’m trusting God,’ and it speaks powerfully to people. But it takes time, focus, and the grace of God to be consistently peaceful.
Too often our stress level is tied up in our circumstances. You could be stressed because you’re always busy or you’re struggling financially or because you’re not getting along with someone you love.
To conquer the stress in our lives, we need to learn to practice the peace that’s been provided for us by the overcoming power of Jesus.
One way to develop consistent peace is to learn to live ‘in the now.’ We can spend a lot of time thinking about the past or wondering what the future holds, but we can’t accomplish anything unless our mind is focused on today.
The Bible tells us that God gives us grace for each day that we live. I believe God’s grace is the power that enables and energizes us to do what we need to do – and He gives it generously, as we need it.
Every day we need to say, ‘God has given me today. I will rejoice and be glad in it.’
If you can learn to trust God ‘in the now,’ receiving His grace as you need it, you can become a truly peaceful person – and that’s powerful.
Prayer Starter: God, I know that You have overcome any and every obstacle, so I ask You to help me live in the peace that You’ve provided for me. Show me how to trust You as I live ‘in the now.’
A Good Mother is absolutely amazing. Spectacular even. She gives her family 110% no matter what. She can be tired and sick and she will still pull it together enough to get things done for her children. God performs miracles through a mother all the time because she is so special. When all the bills are due and the income does not even cover 50% of their bills a Good Mother figures out a way to cover that other 50% before the “shut off” date. She not only comes up with the plan she also executes it. Even when she runs into a few obstacles and closed doors along the way. She will take help if it is offered but if no one lends a hand she will go hard in the paint for her team. A Good Mother will figure out a way to shit happen time and time again. The majority of her goals consist of making sure her family has what they need to have a good life. She carries the family on her shoulders if she has too with a smile on her face. A Good Mother never stops no matter how heavy the weight of an entire family can be at times. The strength of a Good Mother stronger than Superman’s power. Superman loses his strength if he gets exposed to kryptonite but a Good Mother doesn’t have any other options she does not stop. Her strength will never fail. She will never give up and she will never stop giving %110 for her family because its just in her DNA. The responsibility and duties of a mother can be overwhelming at time but a Good Mother shakes that shit off, brush the struggle off of her shoulders and she keeps it moving because she has to make sure her family is good. Hats off to every mother because its a hard job but you do it with a smile on your face and without a doubt you would do it again for your family. #MomsRock
This is one of my favorite pictures!! BECAUSE ITS TRUE!! I see naked ass all over my instagram and Facebook timeline. So why are ya’ll hating on this grown ass woman?! She can do whatever she wants to do with her damn body. Yes she is a mother but hell that’s her and her husbands business. She has posed in playboy before so I am not sure why so many people are mad and outraged. Its so many more things going on in this f’d up world that we should be outraged about. To be outraged about this is crazy. Hell Madonna’s playboy pics all the late 70’s showed her entire body .. bush in all and no one made this much of a fuss about. Hell if somebody paid my old ass a million dollars right now I would be posed up quick!!!! my kids need that million…. I will take one for the team. yup lol
Let God Do the Heavy Lifting
One of the most important things I have learned is to let God do the heavy lifting. Too many times we see what’s wrong with ourselves and try to fix it through our own strength, but this will never be good enough. Jesus said in John 15:5, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (NIV).
We may try to be self-sufficient, but we need to let God supply the grace and ability to do what we need to do. Willpower and determination can get us started, but they’ve been known to quit in the middle and leave us stranded.
We can learn to enjoy the life Jesus died to give us by inviting God to become involved in every aspect of it. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew11:28 NIV).
We are not made to function without God. And with Him, we can break any bad habit or addiction, like overeating, substance abuse, poor time management, anger issues, you name it. Jesus is bigger than any problem you have.
Prayer Starter: God, I know that I’m nothing without You, so I invite You into every area of my life. I’ll let You do the heavy lifting, following and trusting You every day.
Marvin Sapp – He Has His Hands On You: http://youtu.be/m1WQLipTwRQ
The Best Way to Start the Day
How do you start your day? Do you hurriedly get out of bed and barely make it out the door on time? Do you turn on the TV? Do you go exercise? Whatever your morning routine may be, the most important question you need to ask yourself is, “What role does God play when I start my day?”
It took me a lot of years to figure this out, but I now know that the very best way to start my day is by giving thanks to God for what He’s done for me and asking Him how I can be a blessing to other people.
I encourage you to spend time each morning focusing on the good things God has done in your life. Think about the dangers and difficulties He’s brought you through, the ways He’s healed you and changed you, and how good it is to know He cares for you and hears your prayers.
When you learn to set your mind on God each morning, He’ll give you all the peace and joy you need to live for Him as you go about the rest of your day.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I make a decision today to pursue You first thing when I get up every morning. Nothing is more important than seeking You and receiving Your peace and joy.