God is the perfect judge because He created the law. When we judge other people it is a sign we don’t trust God Or it is a sign that we think our own authority is greater than God’s. Both of these ideas are far from the truth.
If you find yourself looking down on another person, try focusing on your love and appreciation for them instead. Your love is bigger than your judgement. Love will make a greater impact on their heart and souls than any of your judgment or condemnation. That is the reason Jesus Himself was the perfect example of love.
I challenge you today, the next time you think a judgmental thought towards someone to replace it with a loving one. Let Jesus love overflow out of your heart and speak hope into someone’s heart. Let God do the judging and allow Him to use you for love. Love instead of judge. Xoxo
“There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?”
James 4:12 CSB
Sometimes emotions can get the best of us and cause us to say words we don’t truly mean. When you get so overwhelmed in emotions, you don’t think before you speak causing hurt to someone. The Bible tells us to “be slow to anger.” The tongue is our most deadly weapon, we cut people down with it, we gossip with it, we say hurtful things to others with it. We can hurt so many with our tongues.
We cannot allow our fleshy emotions to hinder our spiritual influence. People will hurt us, make us so angry we want to scream, but we have to “bite our tongues.” As the saying goes “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Use your tongue to speak love! Speak truth, life and hope into someone’s life with it. Pray for someone with it. Don’t allow the enemy to take your emotions and use them for his gain. Use your weapon for good. Speak truth! Xoxo
“The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
Proverbs 21:23 CSB
As women, we constantly struggle with comparing ourselves. I for one am guilty of this. I constantly compare myself to other wives, moms, Christians, friends; etc. every single time I do I am left feeling inadequate. I think I’m not good enough. I think all the things I’m doing are nothing and void. All that is doing is setting myself up to be constantly kicked by the enemy.
He will use our weakness of comparison to destroy us. He will whisper continuous thoughts of doubt and steal our joy. We need to stop that cycle. How you ask? Being confident. Confident in ourselves not to compare ourselves to others. To see ourselves through the eyes of Jesus.
Christ made us all unique in our own ways. I maybe able to encourage people in ways others can’t and vise versa. Our Heavenly Father gave us individual gifts to use to help others. He didn’t want us constantly going down the rabbit hole of comparison. He wants us united and joyful so we can spread His gospel and truth the lost and hurting. We can’t be the vessels He needs us to be if we are constantly breaking ourselves down in comparison to others.
So, I challenge you and myself to break the cycle of comparison. Next time you find yourself comparing stop it, refocus and be joyful for that person. Turn the comparison into joy. Stop allowing it to steal your joy away. Be confident. Be bold. Be JOYFUL. We are all in this together, as sisters and brothers in Christ. Our journeys may be different and that’s ok. The differences shouldn’t cause division, instead we should use them to join together to help others. Be thankful for you who are and the gifts you were given. Don’t let comparison become your downfall. Xoxo
“Let each person examine his own work, and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load.”
Galatians 6:4-5 CSB
I know you’re discouraged right now. You can’t understand the plan God has for you. You don’t know why that door wasn’t the one for you to walk through. Worry is creeping into your heart, you worry you won’t be able to save enough, that the fertility meds won’t work, the IVF won’t be successful. You worry adoption will fall through. Worried that fostering will be too much for you to bare. You worry, worry, worry!
Don’t allow the enemy to use your discouragement against you. He wants you to feel defeated. To feel hopeless. To feel ashamed. ENOUGH! Don’t give up! God will always make away! When one door closes, He WILL open another. It may be a different door than you had planned, but trust in His plan. No matter how hard it seems, know that He has your back always! Stand in your faith. Stand on your promise! Stand on God’s Word. Don’t give up! Xoxo
“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:8 CSB
Even if you don’t speak everything you think, doesn’t mean it still won’t affect you. Our mind controls everything in our body. What we think will go in our hearts. The Bible says in Luke 6:45 that “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” See the connection? What you think goes in your heart. What goes in your heart comes out of your mouth.
If you think you aren’t good enough, you’ll say you aren’t good enough. If you think judgement against someone, you will speak it out. If you think anger, you’ll speak anger. The enemy wants to steal your thought. He will use your thoughts to get in your heart. So instead, start thinking of the joy of the Lord and see joy come into your heart. Think of peace and peace will be in your heart. If you think forgiveness, then forgiveness will be in your heart and out of your mouth.
So today I challenge you. I challenge you to guard your thoughts. The next time they’re negative thoughts, change them. Don’t allow the enemy to take control of your thoughts. Instead, allow Gods word, and Godly thoughts in. Guard your thoughts and see blessings start to unfold in your life.
“A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.”
Luke 6:45 CSB
Our flesh is much stronger than we think. When we get a cut, it heals. It keeps us warm and cool. It can do a lot of good things physically. However, spiritually it is bad. Your flesh wants to keep you from anything Godly. It wants to entice you, distract you, and pull you away from anything that will feed your spirit.
The war between your flesh and your spirit has been waging since Adam. Ultimately, Adam allowed his flesh to overcome him. So, how do I let my spirit win you ask?
* Feed it God’s Word
* Grow in your prayer time.
* Faithfully attending church
* Fasting, (weakens the flesh)
Feed your spirit! Don’t be like Adam and let your flesh win. We are still reaping those consequences. Allow your spirit to grow stronger and stronger everyday. Beat the flesh by not allowing your circumstances to overcome you. I know life is hard, but with a strong firm foundation in your spirit you will overcome. Let your spirit win! Xoxo
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”
Romans 8:5 ESV
Anxiety can cause a lot of things; depression, heart palpitations, stress, and fear. People with anxiety often times obsess with things, they focus on the triggers of their anxieties. Depression and anxiety most of the time go together.
We never really know what people struggle with everyday. We can’t always see their anxieties, fears or worries. What we can do is offer a smile, kind word, a hug and most importantly prayer. We can pray for others.
Don’t let your struggles be your downfall. Don’t be consumed by fear and worry that the enemy sees that target on your back only to use it against you. Don’t become so bitter that you hurt others who are hurting. Help bring peace back into someone’s anxious heart. Be their supporter, show them Christ’s love. Be a helper, a true friend. Help someone not to be weighed down any longer. Pray for someone else even if all you want to do is pray for yourself. Allow your pain from infertility to become a pillar of strength to help others. Be Gods helper to some one else! Xoxo
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
Proverbs 12:25 ESV