Last night I was feeding my little girl around 12.30AM. It was a harder day as my 6-month-old has been having a hard time staying asleep at night, as she usually sleeps through the night. The last two nights were tough, to say the least.
And the question kept coming in my mind throughout the hard day yesterday: how do you serve the Lord on hard days? And how do we stay faithful when it’s hard to, or quite frankly when we don’t feel like it?
I believe this is when our faith gets tested the most in the hard times. Not when everyone is in one accord, and everybody/everything is aligning with your schedule, but when everything is all messed up. You feel drained, abandoned, alone. And the question runs through your mind over – and over – God where are you?! I need you right now!! Help me!! I can’t even feel you, are you even listening to me?
Yes, we have all felt this way before. As they say, you feel like your prayers are hitting the ceiling and back at your forehead to the ground. But I want to encourage you today and tell you, that’s a lie from the enemy. They are not hitting the ceiling and your prayers are most definitely reaching the throne room of Glory when you lift up your voice and cry out to him! I believe Jesus smells our prayers as a sweet-smelling savor before him when we are honest and just before him. And truly desire to do his will and be righteous but just don’t feel the strength to do so.
Whenever I am very, very low I make declarations from the word of God to myself. Even when I don’t feel a single thing, or even when I can’t see any changes for the better in my life, I know he LIVES, and he REIGNS. Declare unto yourself today:
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) says: 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Psalms 46:1-3 (NKJV) : God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV): 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV): 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): 13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV):
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
The longer I live for God the more he guides and speaks to me to trust him. As I have grown in him and just very recently started really establishing a designated time of bible reading time and prayer time. I try to read a chapter or two from the bible before I even pick up my phone to give him the first firsts of my day. As I believe the Lord cares about giving him the first of everything we do since genesis, Genesis 4:3-5 says 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. (NKJV). This goes to say, give God what you have at any time of the day, of whatever you have left within you, it is enough! I do notice though if I don’t do this I struggle all day.
I’ll be honest to say I haven’t done this until recently, I would always just grab my phone and do the normal scroll. I would struggle a lot to feel God and be more in the flesh than the spirit. But I believe it is the small changes that cause us to feel and see the big changes in our relationship with Jesus. I definitely don’t have it all together, in fact, I feel as though I am barely starting to see the process of organization in my life since having my little girl back in August of 2020. But GOD IS GREATER, yes he is just he holy holy holy! And worthy to be praised! So, I want to encourage anyone that is struggling today in tough hard times, to keep being faithful, establish yourself in the little to see great things in the big! Make adjustments, how’s your prayer life? When was the last time you read the word of God? what are you reading in it? Make it exciting for you! I encourage you, right now I am reading the book of Ezekiel and Proverbs. I try to read 1 chapter of each book a day before I start the day. Find what works for you to make God exciting for you in your life. Add bible tabs as I did, make it a joyous and refreshing time for you. Ask the Lord to help you to guide you, and he will never let you down! never!
Keep being faithful, and establish something with Jesus that you have never done before. Change your routine in him. And you will see that he will change your life, your relationship with him and you will experience something that you never had with him before!
A new level of worship, a new level of AWE! God bless you today, keep hanging on it will get better, just lean on him and he will see you through! trust him!
I am going to link down below one of my favorite songs whenever I am struggling it encourages me so much. Also If you have any prayer requests, please don’t hesitate to leave them down below in the comments!
God bless you all today might-fully, in Jesus Christ’s name i pray, Amen. ♡
Good morning my fellow brother and sisters of Christ Jesus! Praise God, it is a beautiful day to serve the Lord! This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it!! I just finished my devotion and I wanted to share something with you from the book of Proverbs (the book of wisdom) I think it is so powerful how Solomon the son of David remembers his father’s wisdom and shares it with us in Proverbs Chapter 4:23-24 (NKJV) it says:
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.
(I underlined the words the stood out to me the most)
Verse 24 says “Far from you” as in don’t even let perverse lips near you, where you dwell or in the things you say. This goes back to “Keep your heart with all diligence” in verse 23 the definition for spring is: Move or jump suddenly, to originate or arise from.
Your heart can arise or arises with problems if you let it! It can happen suddenly or rapidly. Whether it is bitterness, anger, sadness, or fear. Don’t let it settle in your heart, always deal with your heart issues right away! Take it to the king! for he is the only one that can heal you! He created us, so nothing else can help us find that satisfaction the only one that can heal us is him, Jesus!
Take heart today if you are struggling with something please don’t hold on to it any longer, take it to God! Don’t try to fill it with food, alcohol, drugs, or all the other pleasures of the world. The only one that can lift it from you and deliver you is him! He made us in his image. He is the only one that can fix us! Amen!
God bless you today, I hope this encouraged you in any way. And If you have any prayer requests please leave them down below in the comments! I pray that God blesses you with his precious spirit of peace today. In Jesus name, i pray, Amen! ♡
Take over my thought life, my mind, my spirit, my soul.
Take over the ways in which I think. Help me break the strongholds of my life today. Help me have a Godly perspective in everything I do today.
Help me to resist the enemy as the Bible says:
James 4:7 New King James Version Humility Cures Worldliness
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Help me to resist anger today as your word says:
Proverbs 14:29 English Standard Version 29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. (Foolishness).
Help me to not be fearful or have anxious thoughts today:
Isaiah 43:1 New King James Version The Redeemer of Israel
43 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version 10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
You are my heart, you are my soul, you are my thoughts, you are my mind. I am nothing without you Jesus. So let me not do it without you today. Help me see you in things I usually miss with the busyness of life. Make my eyes aware of the Glory I miss day in and day out with stress and distractions.
Help me see your beautiful beauty in the little things, the wonderful nature you have created your wonderful works. And the wonderful transition from darkness to day break. ☀️ what a beautiful and marvelous God you are. I worship you because you are God. I exalt your name because you are above every other name.
The Humbled and Exalted Christ
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it [b]robbery to be equal with God, 7 but [c]made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me thank you for your precious gift I never deserved. Help me not to take advantage of it. Help me not receive it in vain today. I give you glory and honor for everything you’re going to do for me today. I pray that any one reading this today with me you tremendously bless today with your presence.Yes I pray they feel your precious presenceall throughout the day today. Thank you Jesus in advance for everything you will do today that I have yet to see.
I love you and I exalt you!
In Jesus Christ’s MIGHTY name. I pray and I pray. Amen. ❤️
Blessings in Christ Jesus my fellow ladies and believers.
The question I have for you today is; If you died today how will people remember you?
Would you be remembered as a bitter person or somebody with a bitter heart? Or would you be remembered as someone that was always ungrateful? Complaining and being stressed out all the time? How about an angry person that never really paid the time to smell the flowers 🌸 so to speak. This is a small thought of devotion today. That no matter what your going through today that JESUS. IS ENOUGH. I’ll say that again I said:
JESUS IS ENOUGH FOR YOU AND FOR ME FOREVER & EVER. ⭐️
Whatever your going through today. Tell and SPEAK to that situation and say. Jesus is enough for that problem, that stress, and that nervous breakdown I’m about to have.
He is enough. And I don’t know about you but I’m want to be remembered as somebody meek and humble! Someone that cared and loved on people. That always put others first and did her best in everything she tried doing. A Christ centered woman for her home and for her children. A Godly wife, one that didn’t complain all the time, a humble woman to her husband.
Yes, I fail daily. Yes many times I would like to throw it out the window. But BUT GOD! Reminded me of that saying today; if you died today how will you be remembered?
Let’s try reaching for it today! Like the saying goes “I rather die reaching, than not reach at all”
4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the [a]incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. – 1 Peter 3:4
3 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, – 1 Peter 3:1
26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the [a]strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalms 73:26
I pray this encouraged you in some way today ❤️ God bless you. And I hope you enjoyed this devotional. God bless you might-fully today. In Jesus name I pray! – Amen.