Wow! September went fast! I was disappointed the other day when I realized I missed the first day of Autumn! How did I do that? As most people, I love the fall.
As I shared last week, I am fasting eating calories. During this time of fasting, I’ve been able to more effortlessly concentrate on issues in my life and heart. Because my focus is having self-control in my life including some foods, my focus then turns to self-control in my words (this is coming slowly😊), staying in peace, no negative expectations, humility and keeping myself off my mind. I’m intentionally stopping and breathing in His peace and exhaling stress. It’s amazing how those changes things. My blood pressure is normal every time I do that!
One of my greatest downfalls is my words. Always has been. Mostly, it’s my self-talk but my self-talk leaks out some times. My self-talk is not self-controlled. Plus, the meditations of my heart are then not controlled. With so many situations occurring right now that we are guardians over plus normal life, I have plenty of opportunities to grip and complain, mostly in my head. When things are quiet my mind gets busy and sometimes with negative expectations and fears. I can silently cry and no one knows. But that’s not what I need to be doing to see victorious outcomes in our life! The meditations of my heart have to be on Him and about Him.
We’ve heard that being trustworthy and humble is doing the right thing when no one is looking. It’s also meditating on the right things when no one else knows what’s on your mind.
“We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Life has been challenging at times lately and I can get so self-focused. I have been so focused on doing what seems right in my heart, and it may be, that I want to control everything to get the right results.
“What is the cause of your conflicts and quarrels with each other? Doesn’t the battle begin inside of you as you fight to have your own way and fulfill your own desires?”
I am learning to open my hands and hand over the things I want to control right now.
“It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said, ‘Our lineage comes from him.” Acts 17:28
This week I ran out of time or didn’t take time, not sure, to write more but I wanted to share at least a bit of what the Lord is showing me and pray it helps you. Here’s a couple more life verses that I am intentionally meditating on day and night.
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.” Proverbs 3:5-6
With all your heart rely on him – This is total surrender.
“So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, Yahweh, my only Redeemer, my Protector.” Psalm 19:14
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NKJV
This has been my prayer since I was a little girl. What I say and meditate on changes everything in my life. I am going forward with focused intentions, His purposes and self-control. I’m so excited to see what He has for me and us. We are victorious!
“Since we are approaching the end of all things, be intentional, purposeful, and self-controlled so that you can be given to prayer. Above all, constantly echo God’s intense love for one another, for love will be a canopy over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:7-8
PS. I have a prayer request😊. My right hand goes to sleep so much and it is a challenge to type at times. Just takes me longer. Pray I can continue to release all the baggage, cares of the world and stuff I am carrying on my shoulders so life can flow to my hand. I know I am healed and even though I don’t see the manifestation, I know it is there. Thank you.