Don’t settle now

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Yes, you will suffer for a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling. He is the God who gives all grace. He chose you to share in his glory in Christ. That glory will continue forever. 1 Peter 5:10 ERV

You can’t give up now; you have come too far. The fight you are in right now is to help strengthen, establish and shape you for where you are going. You may not realize it but someone in your circle has been inspired by the fight that is in you.  If you cave now, you will be selling yourself short.  You are better than that.

Take a moment and consider who will be lacking because of what you did not finish?  In this life we often focus on ourselves when we are going through fiery circumstances. We lose sight of the fact that God has purpose in our pain. He desires to use our lives as a trophy of His grace.

 ust as He told Paul in 2nd Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, my strength  is made perfect in your times of weakness.  God is aware of the struggles you face. He is right there in the midst of it holding you up with His righteous right hand. He is there to help comfort your pain in the midnight hour. He is there to capture your tears in a bottle.  The challenge for us is to be able to see the glimpse of hope in the midst of the darkness we may be facing. 

 

My challenge to you today is to take a moment and reflect on the grace of God in your life. Sometimes the toughest challenges reveal the greatest strength.  Don’t walk away in the midst of the battle; you have what it takes to see it through.  It starts with believing in yourself and your own ability to become who God has created you to be.

 

Lord, all too often I struggle with staying consistent in the midst of challenges. Here I am today, committing my works to your hands. I ask that You would come along side of me and help me  to continue on even when times are hard. I ask that You would give me the grace and the strength needed to keep fighting and pushing until I see the reward You have for me. Infuse me with inner strength I pray. It is my desire to please you in all that I do. In Jesus’s name, Amen

 

Go Deeper:  Take time to create a confidence board with motivational quotes, scriptures, and reminders of God’s faithfulness to you over the years.  Every time you get discouraged take a look at where you came from as a point of encouragement.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Mary

 

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© Mary Pinckney, October 2017


 

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Believing is seeing

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“He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Pray and Go. Sometimes in life we have to move forward knowing that all things will work out the way it is supposed to. We don’t always know the beginning, the end, and the middle. No, God only gives us a glimpse of what is to come and beckons us to move out and take the next step. This was the case with Abraham. When God spoke to him to leave his country and go to a place that he would show him, Abraham did not know where he was going but he trusted that God would do what He promised. 

Many of us would have prayed and begged for God to show us the place then we will go; not Abraham. He believed and it was counted unto Him as righteousness. What about you? Can you lay aside your fears and doubts and trust a God that you don’t see, don’t always understand? Can you lay aside your anxious thoughts and move forward in faith that God will indeed come through for you? Let the faith and the courage that Abraham exhibited encourage your heart today to follow hard after God even when you don’t know what to expect.

In this walk of faith, we don’t always have concrete evidence of what is next but what we can take comfort in is that we serve a God that is a man of His Word. He never changes. He never lies. He never reneges on His promises. He is faithful to deliver on His end. Faith is not always being able to see the road ahead but trusting in the God that does.  

Father, we want so much to know that You have our best interest at hearts but sometimes it is scary to trust You. We are a people that live by what we see and not what we believe. Help us to trust that You will not let us fall. Remind us of your faithfulness in our lives. Teach us to take one moment at a time trusting and believing in Your promises. In Jesus name, Amen
Dig Deeper: Has God ever failed you in the past? Make a list of His track record in your life.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

Your Breakthrough Coach ~ Challenging Your Perspective on life, love, and relationships

http://www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, July 2017

Don’t always believe what you see

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“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17-18‬ ‭NLT


Focusing on what’s right before us can trip us up. As believers, we have been instructed to walk by faith and not by sight but the trouble comes in when what God said is not lining up with what is going on in our present circumstances.  

When challenges arise we must incline our hearts to focus more on God’s commands. Remember, His word provides us hope, encouragement, and the strength to keep moving. The more we attend to what is going on around us, on social media, or the news for that matter, we fill our hearts with fear and uncertainties. 

Proverbs 4:23 reminds us to guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of our lives. What we focus on will grow. I don’t know about you, but if I have a choice in what grows or becomes dominant in my life I would prefer it be the Word of God. 

Fear torments. Fear paralyzed. If we are to reap the rewards God has promised we must gain control of our focus. The word let’s us know that trouble does not last always. When it presents itself we must be quick to remember God is a very present help in the time of trouble instead of falling prey to fear. He may not deliver us quickly but He is at work behind the scenes, working out all things that concern us. The challenges we are facing right now are working for us to produce a great and a glorious reward. Can you hold on until it’s revealed? God is indeed at work on our behalf. 

Lord, You see what we don’t see. You understand what we don’t understand. Help us to focus more on Your voice, Your Word rather than what we see. Help us to know Your ways. Help us to recognize Your voice. Remind us of Your plans to do us good and not evil. Strengthen our hearts as only a You can. In Jesus name Amen.

Grace and peace, 

Mary

Breakthrough Coach ~ Breaking you through to a better you!

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(C) Mary Pinckney, January 2017

Are You Being Re-Routed?

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Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) We can make our plans,but the Lord determines our steps.

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Maybe the challenges you are facing right now is because God is trying to re-route you. Oftentimes, we run ahead of God with our own plans. He then has to correct our course to get us back on the track that He originally purposed for us.  He already knows what it will take for us to accomplish what He placed upon our hearts.

It is so important for us to pay attention to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He knows what is ahead of us . He sees what we can’t see. He knows the original blueprint for our lives as He gently reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11; For  I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

The question is, Do you trust Him? Do you trust the plan that He has for you? If you find  yourself at a crossroads right, let me encourage you to stop, listen, and pay attention to what God is speaking to you right now. Listen for His instructions and follow in obedience.

Father, so many are at a place of indecision right now. They are lost and without hope. They are confused about what their next step should be. Your Word reminds us that we are to acknowledge You in all of our ways so that You may direct our paths. I ask that as they come to You for guidance, You will guide them with your eyes upon them. I pray that their ears will be open and attentive to Your voice. I pray that they will not run ahead of You but listen intently for Your wisdom and guidance in all that they do. I thank You for redirection and refocus. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Grace and Peace,

 

Mary

Breakthrough CoachBreaking You Through To a Better You

http://www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, September 2016

Restoration is on the way…

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The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. Joel 2:25 (NLT)

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The Lord is in the process of building you right now. Although it seems as if you have been stripped on every side, keep your head up. Restoration is on the way.

He is positioning you for what He has prepared for you. Even as Joseph had to be positioned in the land of Egypt through a series of hardships, He is placing you in the place of your birthing. What He has placed on the inside of you will live and not die.

God will perform that which He has promised you. His plans for you cannot be frustrated by the hands of man. Man can only help facilitate God’s plan for you. Do not be afraid my brother, my sister. The vision will speak soon. Be of good courage, restoration belongs to you.

Father, thank you for the great things you have in store for us as your children. The Bible declares that eyes have not seen, nor ears heard the great things you have in store for us. May we focus not on what we see in the natural but on what You have spoken to us directly through your promises, the scriptures. Thank You for being our God and loving us the way that You do. Thank You for performing with Your hands what you have promised even with Your words. In Jesus name Amen

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Mary Pinckney

Breakthrough Coach

 

Breaking you through to a better you.

www.vflconsultants.com

 

© Mary Pinckney, September 2016

 

 

Pep Talk

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Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11 AMPC

image1 What happed to your confidence? You were once so sure of yourself. You used to give your all to anything you put your hands to. What stopped you? When did you embrace intimidation?

You have never been one to let go of a challenge. Why now do you just lay it all down? Why now do you give into fear? Why do you hang your head low?

Come on. You can do it! That battle that you are facing has already been won. That enemy that seems to defeat you every time is not as strong as you are. YOU got this!

Come on. Give it one more try. Give it your all. There is a fighter on the inside of you. There is still a fire in the basement; don’t quit now. Refuse to settle for less than your best. God has already given you everything you need that pertains to life and Godliness.  All you have to do now is pull yourself up by the bootstraps, hold your head up high, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

YOU ARE NOT A QUITTER. Winning is in your DNA. Before you were born you were destined for greatness. Don’t stop now. I need you. We all need you to be who God has called you to be. That’s it, get up and take your rightful place.

God has already redeemed the time for you. He is right there with you, cheering you on. Can’t you hear Him now; You can do it My child.  I believe in you. I just need you to believe in yourself. You are already victorious through My righteous right hand. I destined you to win.

Every battle won’t be easy, but the struggles you face will be worth it. They are present to strengthen your resolve; to teach and train your hands to war. There is a fighter in you. Fight until you see victory. Fight on, knowing you are never alone.

I’m here. I’m right here my child. Get up and take your rightful place. Your end is not yet. There is so much more I have in store for you. Don’t settle, you can win this race. You can fight on in faith. I believe in you. Just take My hand and trust My plan. Get up now My child, get up and take your rightful place.

 Lord, I come to you on behalf of my brothers and sisters that have been contemplating giving up. I ask that you will infuse them with inner strength. Grant them the grace needed to keep going. I ask that you minister hope and peace to their mind at this very moment. Move them from the place of fear to hope and confident trust in You. Show yourself strong on their behalf, I pray. In Jesus name Amen

Grace and peace be unto you,

 

© Mary Pinckney

I’m Cheering For You..

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1 Corinthians 15:57 (AMPC)  But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Often times we let ourselves down when we fail to live up to our full potential. We push everyone else but we often settle for less than our very best when it comes to ourselves. Believing in yourself begins with liking yourself. If you don’t like yourself you will never respect yourself.

Do yourself a favor today and dig a little deeper, run a little while longer. You have what it takes to make it happen. When you do, you will find yourself feeling more confident and stronger.  You will be able to run through troops and leap over walls.

I stand as a cheerleader for each of you, even as I cheer for myself! Never stop believing in yourself. You have so much to offer. If you have stumbled along the way, go ahead and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and begin again. There is GREATNESS IN YOU!

Grace and Peace,

Mary