Mid-Week Motivation: Pleasant Perfume

I don’t wear much perfume, but when I come across a fragrance I like I can’t help but buy it.  When I spray that mist from the bottle, the pleasant and pleasing smell makes me feel good and even gives me confidence.  Again, I not only smell good, I feel good!

For me, the perfume is a pleasant aroma and a silent way to let people know you are in the room.  God is a lot like that.  A pleasant aroma in our midst that silently speaks to us and others in a way that certainly gets attention.  When God is in our midst and His Spirit is our hearts, we look good, smell good and we display a level of confidence that is obvious to everyone we encounter. 

This week I encourage you to be that pleasant aroma and presence in room that will draw people to you!  Maybe they will say or ask, “I love that perfume. What are you wearing?” or “You are such a kind and confident person.  How do you stay so positive and upbeat?”  Be ready to share your fragrance but also be ready to share your FAITH!  (2 Corn. 2:14-16 NLT) Have a bless week!  

Mid-Week Motivation: Go Get Your “10”

My granddaughter is in Pre-K 4 and each day she is given a number that represents her behavior.  The numbers range from 1 – 10 with “10” being the BEST score.  The “10” represents a great day.  A great day is based on her being on task, actively listening to teachers, getting along with others and being courteous.  I’m pleased to say that most days she gets a “10” and when she does, she can’t wait to tell everybody.  She’s excited and full of joy!  Now, on those days when she doesn’t get a “10” she really doesn’t have a lot to say about school.  The funny thing is my 4-year granddaughter already knows how much of a disappointment it is to her and to others that care about her when she doesn’t get a “10”.  So much so, that she doesn’t even want to talk about her day. But, the truth of the matter is whether my granddaughter gets a 1 or 10, I love her the same and want to hear about her day.  I want to be able to encourage her to have a better day tomorrow.  I want her to understand why she didn’t get the “10”.  I want her to tell me what was going on or why she didn’t get a “10”.  I don’t want her to shut down and I never want her to feel like her day was so bad that she couldn’t talk about it.   

Quite frankly, I’m a lot like my granddaughter.  I try to get a “10” everyday, but sometimes I miss the mark.  Well, I miss it a lot more than my granddaughter does.  Like my granddaughter, I too shut down and try not to talk about my day.  But, you know what –  God wants to hear about your day!  He cares about what you do right and what you do wrong and He wants to encourage you to have a better day, a better tomorrow!  He never wants you or I to shut down.  He loves us unconditionally and whether we are a “10” or “-10”, he loves us the same.  Go get your “10” tomorrow or have fun trying and tell GOD all about your day!  He looks forward to talking to you, just I like do with my granddaughter.  God Bless!

 

 

 

Mid-Week Motivation: He’s With You

Over the last few days I’ve experienced so many different emotions. Happiness, sadness, anger, compassion, fear, anxiety, victory, defeat and peace. Talk about going through the motions. Although I was all over the place, there was one thing that remained the same and constant in my life – God! Through every emotional rollercoaster ride He’s been right there. Sometimes we may not see or feel Him, but HE is there.

This week remember that God is with you! He is present and active in your life. Again, He is with you! When we are mindful of His presence we start to look for him and our confidence grows. Our peace, our joy and our strength is renewed. Look for God today, I’m sure you will find him.😊God bless you! (Psalm 139:7)

Mid-Week Motivation: 2nd Chances

Yesterday is in the history books.  Did you get everything you wanted completed?  Is there something you want to change from yesterday?  Is there someone you forgot to call to check on or to say “I love you”?  Good news for you, today you get another chance.  Second chances are so undervalued and underappreciated.  Second chances afford you with experience as you approach new opportunities.  Do you get what I’m saying?  You can try something again, but now you have more insight and knowledge about a situation or thing based on what you did the 1st time around.  Don’t ever take a “2nd chance” for granted. For some you, that 2nd chance is an opportunity for a better relationship with a family member, an opportunity to apologize, a new job, a new lease on life, a pursuit of a dream or a goal.

Due to my imperfections, I’ve learned to appreciate 2nd chances (sometimes 3rd and 4th chances as well 😊).  I don’t always get it right.  I’m constantly relying on God’s mercy and forgiveness.  I’m valuable in the eyes and heart of God, regardless of how many times it takes for me to “get it right”.  He gives us limitless chances to be bless and to bless others.  Don’t let yesterday’s failures or mistakes keep you from appreciating today’s new opportunities – your 2nd chance.  We all do better when we know better!!!  (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Mid-Week Motivation: All We Do Is WIN

This week my favorite football team lost against their opponents.  I was disappointed, but I’m sure the other team and their fans were ecstatic!  It’s something how a disappointment for one can bring such gratification to another.  But, we know there are always winners and losers in games.  I’m just glad that life is different.  REAL LIFE, not the actual game called LIFE.  We may have seasons, days or even moments throughout our lives where we feel like we have lost it all, but we always win with God on our side.  When we are on the same team as God, we are always victorious.  Actually, the game is rigged.  We always have the advantage, even when you don’t see it.  We are always favored.  Our only opponent is Satan and he was defeated along time ago.  Our perceived disappointments are strength builders for us and God’s strategy to show His power to others on the sidelines trying to figure out what team to join.  Others need to see what a winning team really looks like.

Everyday you are being strengthen and every day you win!  Don’t ever lose sight of whose team you are on.  God is the coach, Jesus is your team mate and the Holy Spirit is the power that enables you to play your position – to execute the “play or move” in order to win the game.  Be encourage today and remember you ALWAYS WIN with God! (Deuteronomy 20:4)

 

Mid-Week Motivation: All Things Are Possible

This week the message is simple.  “With God ALL things are possible.” This is one scripture that is often quoted but sometimes misunderstood. Yes, God blesses, strengthens and enables us to receive and see the impossible.  But, that’s not the intent of this scripture.  God desires us to live for him.  To do His will, follow His way and live according to His Word. No one can do this on their own.

In Matthew 19:16-22, Jesus is talking to the rich young ruler and then to his Disciples about eternal life. (Read scripture – try the Message Bible version) and how difficult it is for those who are rich (who have everything – money, possessions, good job, etc.) to give up and give in to Jesus.

It’s hard to let go and let God have full control of all aspects of your life when you think you really have control or have it “going on”.  Your ability to really, really trust God is challenged.  We say we trust him, but do we act like we trust him?  In other words, when He calls you to give up that job or that relationship in order to pursue him – will you do it?  What’s most important?  Just wanted to remind you that only God can do the impossible.  The impossible includes giving you the power to fully live for Christ when you got it all together and when you don’t have it all together!  God does the impossible.  So, let Him do it.

 

Mid-Week Motivation: Holding On To The Beam

This week we had a major scare.  My husband fell through the garage ceiling (attic).  It was only God’s grace that he didn’t break any bones.  He has some swelling, bruises and scratches, but he’s doing OK.  He was able to get up from the fall and make it to the doctors.  He says his ability to hold on to the beam in the ceiling allowed him to brace himself for the fall.  This minimized his injuries and allowed him to get back up.  Think about that for minute 🤔.  “Holding on to the beam” is what minimize his injuries and allowed him to get back up. This reminded me of God.

A beam is a sturdy piece of timber or metal or a ray of light.  When we are slipping, falling or walking in darkness and holding on to God, we can also brace ourselves and get back up.  God’s hands are sturdy enough to hold us!  Regardless of how we fall or how far we fall.  It’s when we let go of God that we experience greater pain and suffering.  It’s the “holding on” to God that makes the difference.  My husband’s natural response in the situation was to grab a hold of that beam.  Our natural response when we are slipping or falling in life should be to grab hold on to Jesus!  He’s our beam!  Our sturdy support!  Our ray of light!  Regardless of whether you are sitting high on the hill (the best times of your life) or if you are on sinking ground (the low points in your life), grab a hold of your beam!  Even if you have to deal with some swelling, bruises or scratches as result of the injuries you may sustain due to the slipping or falling, you will be fine.  You will get up!  You will feel different and feel better because of what you learned from the experience.  Remember Jesus is the best healer ever!  He gives complete restoration.  Hold tight to God.  Blessings! (Joshua 23:8 MSG)

Mid-Week Motivation: Respect the Light

A few weeks ago, driving from work (on my home) I got a red-light ticket.  Yes, I’m guilty.  It wasn’t intentional.  I honestly thought I could make it through light before it turned red.  I wasn’t necessarily speeding but I was moving at a steady pace that lead me to believe I would make it through the light before it turned red.  Yes, I saw the traffic light when it turned yellow which means yield or caution.  But, ignored the yellow light.  When I got the ticket in the mail, I wasn’t totally surprise.  I remembered the incident and especially, the yellow light.  Long story short, I must deal with consequences and pay the ticket.

This situation reminded me lot of what happens to us as we go through life.  We are just driving and striding along our way trying to get somewhere.  I’m hoping it’s to our eternal home in glory!  Our true final destination.  Along life’s journey we unintentionally run a few red lights even when we see the signs (or the light) to yield.  Take caution or slow down.  When we ignore those signs in life there are consequences.  Sometimes the consequences are severe and sometimes they are minimal, like that ticket I received.  It could have been so much worst.  What if I was in an accident or caused an accident involving other people? A police officer could have pulled me over and presented me with a ticket with a higher fine amount.  What if I didn’t make it home?  All of this because I didn’t yield to the yellow light.

The lesson to be learned:  Respect the Light.  Today, take some time to yield to the “yellow” lights in your life and take time to yield to the light of Christ.  I’m not a person that purposefully goes out and runs red lights.  It was unintentional but, in my haste, I didn’t think it was that big of deal.  Trust that your life and everything that you do is a BIG deal to God.  I’m thankful he extended grace, mercy and protection on that day and every other day of our life.  That’s enough reason to respect the LIGHT! (John 8:12)

Mid-Week Motivation: A New Season

Fall vibes are in the air!!! Yes, we are transitioning from Summer to Fall.  The long sunny days, beautiful flowers and the pretty green trees will soon come to an end.  We will be greeted with brown leaves, cooler days and nights.  Some will have a hard time adjusting to a new season and some will be thrilled to welcome a new season.  For some a new season brings forth a new start, a new beginning or a time to rid themselves of stuff they are glad to leave behind.  For others its letting go of some things they really wanted to hold on to or fear of what’s to come.  Regardless of how you feel about entering a new season, just know that you never enter it alone.
The four weather seasons occur naturally and it’s a necessary process.  In life, it’s also a necessary process.  We grow and evolve through each season of our lives.  We experience highs and lows, happiness and sadness, births and deaths, togetherness and loneliness, laughter and tears.  But, it all grows us in someway.  What I’ve come to realized is when you prepare and embrace “the season” that you are in, you begin to appreciate your growth.  You get instant encouragement and strength to get through the season because you see how you are becoming a better you.  Someone needs to know that you are still growing, so it’s ok to let go and move on.  As a matter of fact you need to in order to move forward in your God given purpose.  Today, prepare and embrace the SEASON that you are in.  Recognize you are not alone because God is still in control and with you all the way.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Mid-Week Motivation: Be a Seeker

We have all played “Hide and Seek” as a kids. It was a fun game when you were the one hiding but not so fun if you were the seeker.  No one ever wanted to get caught and be told “you’re it”.  I don’t know if it was the adrenaline we felt knowing we couldn’t be found or if it was the thrill of being chased.  In either case, hiding always seemed to be the fun part of the game.  Oddly enough, some adults still like to play hide and seek and they still like to hide.  But, as Believers the game of “hide and seek” is really different.  It’s different because there is no place to hide from God and eventually you want to get tagged “you’re it” by God.  When you are chosen by God, you realize you never want to hide from him again!  Because in his presence is the fullness of joy, freedom, strength and power.  As a matter of fact, you want to become a seeker so that you might be able to tag others and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When you are “tagging” others for God you are hoping that they want to stop hiding from God and that they embrace His marvelous and miraculous light.  Today, let’s commit to be Seekers.  Seekers of God, Seekers of obedience, Seekers of faith, Seekers of His promises, and Seekers of His love.  If we can keep our eyes on him, He will lead and carry us through anything – this week, this day and this very minute!  (Matthew  6:33).  Bless you!