A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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Change is Good
Energy making energy.
If you follow my blog posts, you will see a few themes among my writing.
Like sensing God's love, living in faith, pushing through pain, effective leadership, and staying encouraged throughout it all. Things like that.
I love learning about the people and companies that have some of those philosophies. I'm always interested in hearing more when it's a person or business doing extraordinary things. I love studying such people and places. They give me energy and motivation.
They inspire me.
I like that they had faith in their undertakings and although the struggle was real, nothing stopped them. Who doesn't love a great pain to glory story?
Back in March I wrote about how successful companies keep reinventing themselves. How they continue to innovate and leave their competition in the dust. There's nothing like a good fight. That's why I love to watch those animal shows or business shows like The Apprentice and Shark Tank. Even if the people on those shows lose, they are winners just being willing to put themselves out there. They took a chance and I admire their strength.
Reinvention and change are part of the formula for success in any lasting endeavor. Parents can't continue to parent the same way with every kid, because kids change and times change. Couples can't continue to do the same things they did 1, 5, or 10 years ago, because people change and times change. People can't (or shouldn't) continue to wear the same clothes they did 50 years ago, because people change and times change.
Change involves change.
All I'm saying is that modification, forward thinking, and transformation are necessary for growth and winning. And when we allow ourselves to embrace those things, there will be so many blessings attached, that we didn't even know we could experience such joy. This is just a few people in the bible who stepped out in faith and got blessed for it. We can learn a lot from them.
The moral of the story is that there is no such thing as failure when we try. We just have to be open to new things and we have to stop being so afraid to step out. I used to live there and it's a not a nice neighborhood.
Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post.
How are you feeling today? What kind of head space have you been in lately? I ask, because I'm just wondering if anybody feels like me -- free like me. Free as an eagle. Free as can be. That's right, out with doing business the old stale way and in with a fresh new operation. It's a shifting happening in the atmosphere of Sharon's life and I'm moving on to the big and awesome things God has for me. What do you say for yourself? What are you speaking over your life? What it is for you?
For me, I am no longer afraid to go out in the deep end. I am no longer afraid to fly higher, I am no longer concerned about what I have or do not have, and I am no longer concerned about what anybody thinks or says. Who the heck cares anymore? I don't. Because God tells me he doesn't give me a spirit of fear or timidity (2 Timothy 1:7), but He gives me a spirit of love, confidence, power, self-control, and joy. And I…
Do you know that no matter what you may be going through, you can encourage yourself in the Lord? And the Lord will give you the strength and power you need in order to get through? Yes, He will do it. He did it for David when David probably found it difficult to understand how he would endure. But, guess what? God was with him and God blessed him too. There are so many things I love about David. One of those things is that he encouraged himself in the Lord beyond the challenging circumstances he found himself in (1 Samuel 30:6).
When it seemed all was lost, David didn't give up. When everyone turned their backs on him, he stayed with his vision. When his family and community were taken, he went forth with what God told him to do. David never left the Lord in spite of his circumstances. I love that he did the opposite of what some of us would do, he stayed with God, he didn't run away from God. And he didn't try to take matters into his own hands. He ran towards the order…
"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road."
Isn't that another great testimony about God's mercy? That story comes from Mark 10:46-52 and it's encouraging for a number of reasons. Namely, that Jesus had mercy on a …