“A Stiff Upper Lip”

All of us will experience different types of pain at various points in life: emotional, physical or psychological. Some have become numb to the pain that is a constant part of their daily living and they have learned to maintain “a stiff upper lip”, meaning they put on a brave face, rather than allowing others to see that they are hurting. Your first response may be to cry, but you don’t. You may carry on as if all is well, when the reality is, all is not well.

Speaking up and speaking out about our burdens/problems will free us from suffering in silence. Some are under the impression that if they speak about something, it will create an atmosphere for that particular thing to continue to manifest and grow. I’d like to offer a different view. When you tell your prayer warriors specifically how to intercede for you, you will experience a shift in your favor as they call that thing out and cast it down!

Take action now: Meditate on Psalm 16:8: I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (New International Version)

Embrace this truth: Adversities aren’t designed to break you...so don’t let them.

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“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”

If you’re like me, most days I feel like I’m sitting on top of the world. Everything is working in my favor and life is good. My daily saying is ‘every day is a great day to be alive’. How can I not be happy? I hear the birds chirping, I feel the warmth of the sun shining on my face and I feel God’s presence in the gentle breeze. Nothing can knock me off of my pedestal or ruin my mood. Then, wham! Someone catches me off guard by picking a fight or an argument and before I know it, I’ve lost my cool and my mood turns sour because I feel ashamed of how I reacted in the moment.

It’s important to be aware of the subtle tactics of the enemy. We can then be prepared and be mindful of the little darts that he throws our way. Sometimes those darts are disguised as disgruntled coworkers, unruly children, temperamental spouses and complete strangers who test our patience by being rude. I’m learning that I don’t have to attend every fight or argument that I’m invited to. I have the option of simply declining by holding my peace…that makes me the fairest of them all (at least in my mind!)

Take action now: Meditate on Psalm 34:14: Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (New International Version)

Embrace this truth: Sometimes “winning” the fight means holding your peace.

“Calgon, Take Me Away”

We are all tied to schedules. We can’t make commitments to others until we check our schedules. We can’t plan vacations until we check our schedules. We can’t take the first appointment offered to us by our doctor or dentist until we check our schedules. Whatever happened to spontaneity? I know what happened! Spontaneity had to be put on hold because it wasn’t on our schedule…

Sometimes I look at all of the obligations that I have and I want to toss my schedule in the nearest trashcan and just go with the flow and live in the moment. Requests from loved ones and friends to get away and spend time together are sometimes put on the back burner because I have so much other “stuff” to do. The older I get, the more I’m beginning to realize that life is really short. I’m making a commitment to delete unnecessary clutter from my calendar and enjoy life.

Take action now: Meditate on Matthew 11:28-30 ”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (The Message Bible)

Embrace this truth: Don’t forget to live while you’re making a living.

“Enough”

I’m excitedly looking forward to attending a women’s conference this coming weekend, where the theme is “I Am Enough”. Simple, yet powerful words that speak loudly to my spirit. Many young women have poor self-image and low self-esteem because they’ve been told that unless they meet a certain standard of dress, look or behavior, they are not good enough and that they are not acceptable in their current state. Young women constantly strive to fit in, sometimes with dangerous consequences. Many young women have fallen prey to various addictions or have found themselves participating in risky or uncharacteristic behavior — while seeking acceptance.

It is time that we embrace the truth that we are made in the image of God and because there is nothing lacking in Him, there’s nothing lacking in us! Although we were born in sin and shaped iniquity, Christ gave His life to bring us back into right standing with God…making us acceptable and ENOUGH. We may not be good all the time, but we are enough. We may miss the mark sometimes, but we are enough. We may struggle in our walk, but today I declare, we are enough! I encourage you to walk in the beauty of your strength today! Simply because you are enough!

Take action now: Meditate on Proverbs 16:20: He who heeds the word wisely will find good. And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he (New King James Version)

Embrace this truth: I lack nothing and I am enough!