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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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.