Why Am I Worried?

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with my mind spinning. There are thought of tasks to be done, responsibilities, obligations to others, and meetings to attend for the day ahead. I worry about anything and everything that just so happens to pop into my mind, until I worry that I can’t think of anything to worry about!

We can be in a position where we have so many people depending on us that it can be overwhelming. We do not feel strong enough to do all that needs to be done. We want to stand firm in our faith that God’s got this, but we can become so exhausted we begin to feel powerless. When we begin to feel this way, we must cry out for help and put our hope in the promises of God’s word, as the Psalmist says below.

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.”
Psalm 119:147 NIV

When we wake early because our minds and hearts are unsettled, we can rest in the recognition of what our Father has promised us. He is with us and will never abandon us. He is power for us when we feel powerless. He is devoted to our growth so that we can live out our lives for His purpose. Listen, we don’t have to do everything! If we had to complete each day on our own strength, we would continuously fail over and over again.

When people say, “All we can do now is pray.”, it is as if we are placing prayer in the position of our last resort. But prayer should ALWAYS be our very first thought. This is something that must be learned, as the world around us does not see things the way we do. Many do not turn to prayer first when they are worried, tired, or defeated. But we know that prayer is our line of communication to our Savior, so why do we continue to pray last?

For our hope is in God and not in our own efforts. Prayer is powerful, and we should begin using it as our first response to anything – whether good or bad. When we pray, God gives us the strength to move mountains.

“Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!”
Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed.
“How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.'”
Matthew 21:18‭-‬22 NIV

Signing off,

Tricia

Perfectly You

Hey Friends!

I just wanted to share a few things that God has laid on my heart during my devotion today – “Perfectly You” by Pastor Lisa Kai.

A few keys that stood out to me:

  • “Learn to balance your life by managing your heart instead of just your calendar.”
  • “It is important that we do not ever let our hearts become bitter or jealous toward another’s calling or gifting. If we fall into the trap of comparing our gifts to others, we will fail in becoming the best encouragers for one other. “
    ** The above quotes were pulled directly from Pastor Lisa Kai’s devotional (see the link in my first paragraph) **

My reflection:

Our calendars might be overflowing and stressing us out on a constant basis. However, by managing our hearts, we will get our priorities straight and in line with God’s Will for our lives. Therefore, learning to manage our hearts will make our calendars much less of a burden.

Our gifts are simply that, gifts that the Lord has given to us. We must not grow weary in using these gifts and never compare our gifts to others, as this can create envy or jealousy – which in turn hinders our encouragement to others. Focusing on our own gifts, and encouraging others to embrace theirs, allows the Lord move in majestic ways!

You were created to be unique, like no one else on this earth. We all have individual gifts and talents that were given to us for a purpose. That is what makes you “Perfectly You”. Comparing yourself to others can not only tear yourself down, but others as well.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6‭-‬8 NIV

I pray this short, yet impactful message will be a blessing to you and others today. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Blessed & Thankful,

Tricia

Having Faith in the Unknown

As we all know, having faith in the unknown and unseen can be difficult at times. But that is why we have a Savior that has proven to us time and time again that he will always work things out “…for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28. Scripture is not just words that were made up by someone centuries ago. They are TRUTH, they are testimonies of what people B.C. and A.C. experienced.

So why is it so difficult for us to believe that God has our life in His hands, that He will never leave us nor forsake us? I believe that our struggle with faith began way back in time, in the Garden of Eden. When Eve took that first bite of the forbidden fruit – she was actively showing her lack of faith in what the Lord had told Adam. And then Adam proved even more unbelief by taking the fruit offered by Eve, after He had been told directly from the Lord not to eat it! I’m sure you all know this story, but this simply shows you how far back our unbelief, as humans, goes.

Faith is difficult because we cannot see the future, the outcome of this decision or that. We fear that our income will not meet our needs, our clothes are not “in”, that we won’t have enough food to provide for our loved ones. But in Matthew Chapter 6:25-27, Jesus tells us, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

He then continues in Matthew 6:28-34, “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

We all could use a little more trust in the Lord. Imagine how different the world would be with everyone living their lives, fully trusting and believing in the Word! What a great life that would be! Unfortunately, that will never happen in this lifetime. It can, however, happen in your personal life – which can then spread upon many people when you touch their lives. I encourage you today to step out in faith for a better tomorrow. We can, and we will, impact this world. We must simply follow His instruction and His will for our lives.

Signing off,

Tricia

Are You Truly an Entrepreneur?

In today’s society, the word entrepreneur is thrown around as if it’s a game of catch. Entrepreneurship is presently the most “in” way of describing ourselves. The word itself can be used in many wrong ways that can confuse others into thinking they are entrepreneurs when in reality, they may be just self-employed. I hate to break it to you, but self-employment is not the same as entrepreneurship. You still have to be actively present at your business in order for it to run correctly, while as an entrepreneur, you create your own schedule and do not trade your hours for dollars. You create ongoing, residual income.

Think of Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s. He is no longer living on this earth, yet he had the ability to create an ongoing source of income that his family is still reaping the benefits of. How did he do that without being self-employed? He duplicated himself through mentorship and coaching others. He was a phenomenal leader that always lead by example. Although he began his business putting in hours, he had no intention of continuing to put in long hours. You see, he created a business system, which is is still in place today.

A business system is a program that has rules and regulations, as well as extensive training. You may not know this, but in order to own a McDonald’s (besides the hefty investment upfront), you have to graduate from Hamburger University. While attending this University, you will develop leadership skills, as well as learn all the fundamentals of being a McDonald’s Franchisee. If you are truly an entrepreneur, you have a business system that either you have created, or you have access to. Business systems create financial freedom, as well as time to do the things you love.

Being an entrepreneur is so much more than just stating that you are; it is the steadfast work towards a goal, getting around other entrepreneurs and building teams with them. Consistently increasing your knowledge by reading accredited books and listening to podcasts by other successful entrepreneurs. Always staying confident in the hard times and learning from your mistakes. Keep getting up no matter how many times you fall. Go for as many “No”‘s as possible, because ultimately you are planting seeds that will soon reap a harvest for more than you ever expected. Quick Tip: the book “Go For No!” may be a good starting place. Entrepreneurs know there will not be a life of luxury in the near future. There is no instant gratification, it takes extremely hard work, time, and persistence.

There is a one way road ahead of an entrepreneur. They will always stay focused on their windshield, and never look back in their rear view mirror!

So, are you a true entrepreneur? If so, keep it up! If not, I strongly encourage you to stop using this word so lightly. Read up on entrepreneurship, which I will be posting more about in the near future, and get on the right track. Remember, you can do anything you put your mind to – but you must put your everything into it as well!