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