You Can Do It!

Have you ever been told you can’t do something? The rebellious side comes out and you do everything in your power to prove them wrong or the fear sets in and you believe what they are saying. We have a dream to do something and we are excited about it so we tell someone our dream. We will get multiple responses from “that is fantastic, you can do it,” “hmm, that’s interesting (but no excitement in their voice),” “are you sure you want to do that,” to “I don’t think that is a good idea.” Emotions can really make our words ring encouragement or instill a slight fear or be a confidence breaker in others. Responses of others can either spark a fire in us or make us question ourselves. How many dreams do we have crushed because of what someone else has said?

Fear can stop us in our tracks. Stop us from moving forward and doing the things we were called to do in our lives. Encouragement is not second nature for some. They have to work at it while others it just comes naturally. We may struggle when we are faced with new challenges or dreams in our lives because we lack self-confidence or may feel we have inadequate ability, experience or training. Our lives are not measured as much by what we accomplish as by what we overcame in order to accomplish it.

There is one place we can always find the encouragement to move forward in our lives and accomplish many things. God has made promises to always be with us. If he gives us a job to do, he will provide everything we need to do it. We should not allow fear to stop us. (Jeremiah 1:6-8) If you are faced with a challenge or have a dream to do something, YOU CAN DO IT. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Setting goals in life and accomplishing them is great feeling.

Let us encourage and build each other up. Encouragement can change a person’s life.

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Robot kind of life

Has life become a chore; wake up, go to work, eat, sleep and repeat? Many people feel dissatisfied and restless in their lives. Everything they pursue feels meaningless. Striving for worldly accomplishments that will one day disappear. Even when success is found, we will never be truly satisfied. We constantly long for meaning in our lives. Are we fulfilling our purpose on earth? If we feel we are, why are we so tired, unfilled and overwhelmed.

What do people get for all their hard work? Generations come and go, but nothing really changes. The sun rises and sets and hurries around to rise again. Ecclesiastes 1:3-4

Everything is so weary and tiresome! No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Ecclesiastes 1:8-9

Life is a journey and each step we take prepares us for the next one. Every step is preparation for what God has planned in our lives. Peace and happiness are choices as well as whining, grumbling and going through the motions.

Are you going through the motions having a robot kind of life? Are you searching for meaning? Do you have a listening heart to hear the precious whispers from God? True satisfaction is only found in him. Like David, our soul thirsts for God and our whole body longs for him. We find joy in the shadow of his protecting wings. (Psalm 63)

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Are you listening?

A fast approaching storm gives warning destruction may lie ahead. As technology continues to improve, so does our warning systems. It gives us warning to be prepared for the storm that is coming. In our personal lives, this is not always true. We do not have any warning that a storm is approaching, how long it will last or how fierce it will be.

The Sea of Galilee is an unusual body of water. It is small and lies 686 feet below sea level with depths of 141 feet. It is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth. With the mountains surrounding it, fierce storms can arise quickly and without warning sometimes creating waves up to 20 feet high.

Suddenly, a terrible storm came up, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” And Jesus answered, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm.
Matthew 8:24-26

There once was a man who dared God to speak: Still the waves like you did on Galilee, God. And I will listen.
And so the man sat by the sea and waited for God to speak.
And God heard the man, so God answered. He stilled a storm, not of the sea, but of a soul. And God waited for the man to respond. And he waited…and waited.
But the man was looking at the sea not souls, he decided that God had done nothing.
Finally he looked to God and asked, Have you lost your power?
And God looked at him and said, Have you lost your hearing?

It is easy to think God is not listening or he will not answer when we are caught in the storms of life. We feel we are at the mercy of the winds of fate. In reality, God is in control and powerful. Just as he calmed the waves in the Sea of Galilee, he can calm whatever storms we face. He calms our soul and gives us the strength to endure the storm.

The physical storm in our lives create a storm within our soul. Will you allow God to calm your soul and give you the strength and peace to endure?

Are you listening?

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Overwhelming Stress

Life…… Fill in the dots. Life is good. Life is fantastic. Life is crazy busy. Life is chaotic. Life is just plain life. Life is overwhelming. We could go on with the many descriptions we have about life. There may be a time or two or three in our lives where we experience overwhelming stress. It doesn’t matter about the details of what is causing our stress. It does matter how we respond to it. Stress can make us freeze in our tracks. It will make us focus only on the here and now not on the brighter days to come.

What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come to be. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; instead only trouble comes. Job 3:25-26

Job was focusing on his difficult circumstances and not on God in these verses. He had always lived a righteous life but still difficult times came his way. He was losing his focus on how he was supposed to be living and the brighter days that God could provide him. Here, we find life was very overwhelming for Job. Some may feel that Job had a right to complain about what he was going through.

Our circumstances can lead to stress and complaining is a natural response. The only problem with complaining is we tend to lose our focus of God and stop moving forward. Whether life is crazy, busy, filled with circumstances or just life, during our times of stress we need to move one step forward, one foot at a time. We should not fret over the things that cannot be finished today. When a task is at hand, what needs to be done will be done. The Lord only gives us so much time in a day. Whenever we feel overwhelmed, we should take a step to the side, breathe, and ask God to fill us with peace and strength to overcome and get us through. Prayer can release our tensions in times of emotional stress and God can help us deal with the cause of our stress. Life can get very chaotic but by focusing on god, we can handle the things happening around us much easier.

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. Deuteronomy 30:11

May God bless you in your journey this week and fill you will peace during times of stress.

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