Complaining is a Sin! — Joyce Meyers

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE……

What a great day to have this devotional to read.
Jesus didn’t complain as they were beating him to be crucified. Here prayed for us allow.
I am so guilty of this, but I’m working on it in Jesus name.
We all do it. #beblessed

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In Ephesians 4:29, the apostle Paul instructs us not to use any foul or polluting language. At
one time, I didn’t realize that this included complaining, but I have since learned that murmuring and complaining pollute our lives.

Plain and simple, complaining is a sin! It causes many people a great deal of problems in their lives and destroys the joy of anyone listening.

We need to ask ourselves, how quick are we to become impatient and begin to complain when stuck in traffic or while waiting in checkout lanes in grocery stores or department stores? How quick are we to spot and point out all the faults of our friends or family members? Do we complain about our job when we should be thanking God that we have one?

The best antidote for complaining is thanksgiving. Truly thankful people do not complain. They are too busy being grateful for all the good things they have that they have no time to notice the things they could complain about.

The Bible says that we are to enter God’s courts with praise and thanksgiving. You and I need to make it a daily goal to live a life of thanksgiving. Let’s be as positive and grateful as possible.

Try going to bed at night pondering everything you have to be thankful for. Let it be the first thing you do in the morning. Thank God for “little” things or things you might normally take for granted: a parking place, waking up in time for work, a meal, your family… Don’t get discouraged when you fail, but don’t throw in the towel and quit either. Keep at it until you have developed new habits and you are living with an attitude of gratitude.

Be generous with your gratitude. It will sweeten your relationship with the Lord.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to live with an attitude of gratitude, starting right now! I thank you so much for loving me and for blessing me. Help me see the positive things in life and to thank You for them.

Living a Life of Blessing ~~ Joyce Meyers Devotionals

I believe that one of the greatest opportunities we have as Christians is to make a profound difference in the lives of others. Throughout my life of ministry, God has given me the opportunity to help many people who need guidance.

But I don’t believe this is a special opportunity that God made just for me. Everyone, you included, has the ability to influence someone. When you take the time to reach out to others and invest in someone’s life, you are impacting the world…yours and theirs.

Galatians 6:10 tells us to “be mindful to be a blessing” to everyone God brings across our path. We are called to be a blessing and build up others in their faith, to not be afraid to reach out and to speak the truth in love.

I don’t believe God wants us to be mere spectators in life. He wants us to be people who really love others and care enough to be willing to pour into their lives. We need to build up others in Jesus’ name so they can grow and reach even more people.

Whether you know it or not, someone’s watching and looking up to you. People are influenced by the way you live and they need to see God’s love in your everyday actions.

At times we’ll make mistakes, and when we do we can thank God for His forgiveness, but we also have to realize that many times we may be the only evidence of God some people see.

Prayer Starter: God, every day there is another opportunity that You have given me to reach out, bless and influence someone else with Your love. I want to live a life of blessing toward others, showing them what it means to live a God-focused life.

God has actually allowed me to minister to someone here recently. I really didn’t think that I would be able to do it when the time came, but it was so easy and I hope and pray that the person I talked to was helped.

Go out and do God’s work. We might be the only christian or bible that someone ever hears or sees.

#beblessed and #beablessing

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I Can’t Help It! ~~ Joyce Meyers Battlefield of the Mind Devotionals

Once again Joyce Meyers has hit home with me in my walk. This is for sho’ battling with my mind. But I refuse to let the Devil win and I hope I have friends who will stand by me and pray with me. This is a tough one to overcome, but it can and will be done.
#beblessed

When God begins to deal with us about wrong behavior, it’s easy enough to say, “I can’t help it,” but it takes real courage and faith to say, “I’m ready to take responsibility and get my life straightened out.”

Much of our thinking is habitual. If we regularly think about God and good things, godly thoughts become natural. Thousands of thoughts flow through our minds every day. We may feel we have no control, but we do. Although we don’t have to use any effort to think wrong thoughts, we have to use much effort to think good thoughts. As we begin to make changes, we will have to fight a battle.

Our mind is the battlefield, and Satan’s primary way of initiating his evil plan for us is through our thoughts. If we feel we have no power over our thoughts, Satan will entrap and defeat us. Instead, we can determine to think in godly ways.

God has given us the power to decide–to choose right thinking over wrong. But once we make that choice, we must continue to choose right thoughts. It’s not a once-and-for-all decision, but it does get easier. The more we fill our lives with reading the Bible, prayer, praise, and fellowship with other believers, the easier it is for us to continue choosing right thoughts.

It takes time to learn to choose good and push away evil. It won’t be easy, but we’re moving in the right direction every time we take responsibility and make the right choices.

Pray: Powerful God, remind me that I can and do make choices every day. Please help me to monitor my thoughts, choosing only those that will help me overcome the devil and win the battle for my mind. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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And the people said, “AMEN.”

Separate Your ‘Who’ from Your ‘Do’ ~~ Joyce Meyers

This is what I needed to hear. You should READ it too. #haveablessedday

I’ve made mistakes in my life, and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes in the future, but I still like myself. The fact is, I don’t do everything right all the time, but that doesn’t affect who I am. I know I’m loved and I’m still a good person. That’s because I’ve learned to separate my ‘who,’ new creature in Christ, from my ‘do.’

When you realize that what you ‘do’ doesn’t determine ‘who’ you are, you can experience a new level of freedom from shame.

When you know that God likes you, you can start to really like yourself. When you start to like yourself, other people begin to like you too. Liking yourself doesn’t mean you’re full of pride; it simply means you accept yourself as the person God created you to be.

We all need changes in our behavior, but accepting ourselves as God’s creation is vital to our progress in becoming an emotionally healthy person. If we can master this one thing, liking ourselves, it will work wonders in helping us to overcome a shame-based nature.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to separate my ‘do’ from my ‘who’. I can like myself and experience freedom from shame because You are constantly working in my life.

Joyce is really hitting me hard this week with these devotions. But that’s OK, sometimes we need to be reminded of these things so that we can do better and feel better about ourselves. Sometimes I do think that the things I do are not pleasing to GOD, but glory be to GOD that we can talk to him and he can straighten us up without anyone else knowing. We just have to listen and do what he says. #beblessed

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Trust God and Do Good ~~ Joyce Meyers

Many of us spend far too much time trying to figure out how we can get blessings for ourselves. People sometimes spend their entire lives trying to accomplish what they think is important, never trusting God or letting Him lead them. In the end, this leaves them depressed and unfulfilled.

Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust, in the Lord and do good, .” God didn’t create us to worry about helping ourselves all the time. He wants us to sow good seed by reaching out to help others. And doing good brings great satisfaction because it feels great to make a difference. It also opens the door for God to bless you in a greater way.

You need to trust God to bring the right blessings into your life. While you’re waiting for His perfect timing, get busy helping others. You’ll actually feel relieved when you aren’t thinking about yourself all the time.

Trust God and get busy doing the good things you know to do. He’ll faithfully bless you and meet your needs.

Prayer Starter: God, I don’t want to live a selfish, self-centered life. I trust You to bring the right blessings into my life while I’m busy doing good for everyone You’ve placed in my life.

This is something I struggle with a lot. I am always doing something for somebody and think I never do anything for myself. But the Blessings I reap, outweigh anything I could get for myself. Now I don’t think about it.

#beblessed

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Used In Two Different Ways

A nurse who is also a southern rapper….really?   Keep reading……

Realize that God sees you in a different light than you see yourself. “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”
          1 Samuel 16:7

First giving all Honor and Glory to God my Father.  I would like to pubicly thank JAE for everything that he has done for my son and I.  I would like to ask that God would Bless his life and use him to speak, educate, inspire and continue blessing those who he comes in contact with.This is a brief story about a youngman, JAE, who came into my sons life as his private duty nurse.  He has truely been a blessing to me and my family since his return.  But by the Grace of God that he is in our home caring for my loved ones today.

You see, JAE was on another case before Thanksgiving 2012 and I had a nurse who was going to have to leave to have an unexpected surgery.  Being the particular mom that I am about the nurses who take care of my son, I ask for someone who had already taken care of him and already familiar with him.  They didn’t have anyone available and sent two nurses to orientate for the position.  They were ok but I still wanted someone who had been here before.  I had come to the conclusion that I was going to have to settle for one of the nurses they had sent.

One day me and another nurse were discussing the new nurse coming on when she mentioned that she heard that JAE was available.  Not asking any questions, I immediately contacted the agency and ask them to call him and see if he would be willing to come back to our case.  He accepted and has truely blessed and helped me with tips and suggestions to help in my sons care.  He loves his job as a nurse and takes it very serious always striving to see his patients get better or to help them live as much a normal lifestyle as they can.

Some of the things he does for Eman is helping to keep his airway cleared.  #seriouswork

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Clearing him out for better breathing

Other times he is playing with him by boxing, right here catching a right hook.  #playtime    

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Catching a right hook from Eman

Around Christmas we were talking about music, I in particular was sharing with him about my cousin, Sarina-Joi Crowe who made it to Hollywood when she was 15 years old on American Idol then again this year at 17 years old.  At this time JAE let me in on a little more about his life and I found out not only is he a nurse, but he is also a Rapper.  A Southern Rapper who has written and recorded several songs.  I knew he rapped but I had never heard any of his music.  This is how humble JAE is because he never boasted or bragged about his music, he was here to take care of his patient. 

He has a website that is in the making and I encourage you to visit it.  Go to jaeflip.com and like it and let’s support our upcoming singers in the south.  The music on his site can be downloaded.  He has also expressed an interest in holding seminars educating young singers about he music industry and what they need to know about getting their foot in the door.  Prayfully this will come to pass in the near future.

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His music is about his life and his message come from his life experiences from things that he has been through.  JAE has gone through so much growing up and to see him as a nurse and caring for patients the way he does is nothing more than God at work.

Now when you visit his website it will have pictures of him making all kinds of faces and showing different expressions, emotions, attitudes and confidence.  He has every right to portray that bad boy imagine because of what he has gone through, how do I know, because I have heard his story, saw the scars and he is still here. 

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God is not through with this youngman yet and I am excited about the possiblities he has in store for him. 

#bookhim: booking@jaeflip.com 
#tweethim: http://www.twitter.com/jaeflip
#facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jaeflip1982

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