Courage to be Yourself ~~ Joyce Meyers Devotional

Are you tired of playing games, wearing masks or trying to be someone other than yourself? Wouldn’t you like the freedom to just be accepted for who you are, without the pressure to be someone you really don’t know how to be? Would you like to learn how to embrace your uniqueness and resist the pull to be like everyone else?

If you’re going to overcome insecurities and be the person God’s called you to be, you must have the courage to be different. Unhappiness and frustration happen when we reject our uniqueness and try to be like each other.

You’re going to have to take a chance on not being like everyone else. You must ask yourself, am I a people pleaser or a God pleaser? It’s not worth it to try and please man, because God didn’t make you to live for other people’s approval.

God knew what He was doing when He made you. You are a unique individual, God created you the way you are! It’s time that you dare to accept yourself as different and stop being insecure about who you are.

Prayer Starter: God, I will not fear man. You did not design me to live for the approval of others. Today, I dare to be different. I want to be a God pleaser, living as the unique individual You created me to be.

The High Cost of Living Low ~~ Joyce Meyers

Satan tempts us to live a low life, but God tempts us to come up higher. One of the worst mistakes we can make is to get complacent, thinking that what we have right now is okay. A mindset of low expectations holds us back because God can only do through us what we believe for.

Be careful not to get in an ‘okay place’ spiritually. I don’t want to be average because I don’t serve an average God. God is a God of excellence, and I want to follow His example. And like the scripture above says, we can gain all the world has to offer and end up forfeiting the blessed life He has for us.

Low living has a high cost. Nothing is worth giving up the wonderful, peaceful, joyful, righteous, holy life we can have in Christ here on earth. If you spend your life resisting the will of God and living your way, you’re living the low life.

God wants you to be blessed, but He doesn’t want you trying to provide it for yourself. He doesn’t want you to seek things or put things ahead of Him. Remember that as we seek first God and His kingdom, all of the blessings He has in store for us will come. And that’s living the high life!

Prayer Starter: Lord, I don’t want to settle for a low life. Help me to keep my focus on You, so that I can live the high life of Your kingdom today.

A Tiny Glimpse into my Life

Reflecting on this day I realize that I have been Blessed beyond measure.

The last two months have been very stressful starting with my dad possibly having a stroke and ending up in the nursing home along with various other things that have been tugging on my spirit.  For those people who have been around me they probably thought something was wrong with me because I have been distant but I just had a lot on my mind.

Even as a Christian, it gets hard to not stress on things happening in your life but as things began to unfold, I just continued to praise GOD as if everything was alright and he brought me through.

I struggle to figure out why some people think the way they do, then I come back to reality and realize that I am not supposed to figure it out but to let GOD work it out.  I have 24 hour nursing for my son, he is special needs with cerebral palsy, and people think and have actually said that I don’t have to take care of him because of the nursing.  What they fail to understand is the pressure of having a child with special needs and having someone around you 24/7.  Yeah I might not have to feed him, change him and bath him but I do have to live with the fact that he can’t do what normal kids can do with their parents.  They don’t know what it’s like to have to buy equipment and necessities for Emanuel stocked up for the nurses to use.  The stress of dealing with medical issues that come up about insurance and fighting for funding to purchase equipment for him that the insurance won’t pay for because they say it is not medically necessary.  Praying every night that I won’t get a knock on the bedroom door saying that he is sick or worst.  Praising the LORD when I wake up the next morning and hear him in his room making loud sounds or laughing out loud.

So before you say that I have it made because I have nurses taking care of my child, think twice.  Not only do I have to be physically able to endure this everyday but emotionally and mentally as well.  When you see me out at different events and activities, I am trying to enjoy myself and support the other children that are playing only imagining what it would have been like for Eman to participate.  But don’t feel sorry for  me or my son because Emanuel is doing more than he was supposed to do according to man.  I love the song Kirk Franklin wrote, “I Smile,” because I live that everyday.  I even have people complain because I smile all the time but my smile just might lift someone spirit or brighten someones day so that will never stop or change.

GOD has blessed me more that I ever deserved so “I Smile even though I hurt because I know GOD is working.”

Today is Christmas and I received no physical gifts; really didn’t want anything but GOD gave me something that no one else could equal, he gave me another day to enjoy with my family and friends.

I hope that everyone had a MERRY CHRISTMAS and remember, “JESUS is the reason for the SEASON and every other SEASON that we have on this earth.