Category Archives: Encouragement

Worry Much?

by Sharman J. Monroe

This photo appeared in my Instagram feed last week and blessed me mightily! I can’t give credit to the artist because I don’t know who was so wise as to created it, but thank you.  I hope this photo blesses you ten times more than it blessed me.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Amen!

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Party Over Here!

by Sharman J. Monroe

The whole congregation of the Israelites [grew discontented and] murmured and rebelled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the Israelites said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread until we were full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this entire assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:2-3 (AMP)

The children of Israel cried out to the God for help during the 400 years they were slaves in Egypt. God used Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh and, after a while, Pharaoh let them go. They witnessed God part the Red Sea and walked through it on dry land on their way to the Promised Land. When they reached the other side, they were finally free of Egypt forever! And what did they do? Every time things got difficult on their way to the Promised Land, they murmured and complained and lamented.

In today’s times, we act like the Israelites. We ask God for something (more patience, more time with Him, deliverance, etc.).  When He starts us on our way to it but it’s not the cakewalk we expected, we murmur and complain. In other words, we have a pity party hoping to get God’s attention so He will do another something to make everything easy. Sometimes we invite others to our party. Unfortunately, pity parties don’t get God’s attention. Why? Continue reading

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Ambassador for Purpose

By Keisha G. King

This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NJKV). I’ve learned to embrace each new day with a praise on my lips because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Treat others just as you would like to be treated. All things work together for your good. God is so intentional when it comes to His children and their purpose. He wants so much for you; He’s just waiting on you to get in proper alignment with the assignment. He said in Psalm 84:11 (HCSB), “For the Lord is a sun and shield. The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.”

The Lord will shower you with His amazing grace and His glory. He will not withhold anything from His children. His heart’s desire is to see you blessed. You did not choose God; He chose you. (see John 16:16). You may not know how special you are to God until He shows you a supernatural miracle. You’re about to walk into your divine purpose.

Revelation 21:4 (NIV) says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Welcome to your happiness. Continue reading

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It’s All Part of the Same Spiritual Pie

by Sharman J. Monroe

pie-slicedI’m guilty. I’ve written post after post talking about the value of reading or listening to material that improves the way you think and act.   An enlightened mind takes your thoughts and actions to new, higher levels of achievement. The Bible teaches:

Do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes].   Romans 12:2 (AMP)

And I’ve spent my time doing exactly that – focusing on my personal development by reading and listening to materials that enhance my thinking and actions.

But recently I had a revelation. Personal development encompasses more than the way you think. It also encompasses other areas of your life.

  1. Your Physical Being. The Word teaches:

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NJKV)

But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave… 1 Corinthians 9:27 (AMP)

Your body is a temple, a sacred creation. You don’t misuse and abuse your church building, which is also a temple, so don’t misuse and abuse your body. Being healthy is vital. If you feel sluggish, you act sluggishly. Be sure to incorporate exercise into your day. You can start small by just adding more walking during your day. Invest in a good pedometer to count your steps. Exercise reduces stress, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Watch what you eat. A steady diet of fast food, skipped breakfasts and snack food can lead to deficiencies in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to function properly. Add more fruit, vegetables and water to your diet. You will feel great and have more energy!

  1. Your Finances. The Word teaches:

Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no more room to receive it. Malachi 3:10 (AMP)

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 (NJKV)

Be diligent to know the state of your flocks… Proverbs 27:23 (NJKV)

God gives us a lot of instruction on how to handle money so it doesn’t become an idol or control us. I don’t need to tell you how stressful dealing with money can be. You can relieve that stress by, first and foremost, tithing at least 10% of your gross income. Then make a spending plan (I don’t like the word “budget”) each month for the balance of the income, deducting expenditures daily. Create a plan to reduce your debt and Continue reading

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