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Well it is official!

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It took almost a year and a half but I have finally given birth to my new baby LOL! Thank you Jesus! The journey was challenging and rewarding at the same time. I am extremely excited about the lives that will be changed and impacted by this devotional. I would like to thank each and everyone that has helped throughout the process. Your thoughts, input, time, and ideas are definitely appreciated!! Copies are available for preorder now. Email me for details at vflconsultants@live.com  ‪#‎disciplinedlife

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Blessings to you!

Mary

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Never let FEAR stop you!

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For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

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What are you facing today that has you considering throwing in the towel?  Do you not realize the potential that lies on the inside of you! You are destined to defeat what has tried time and time again to defeat you. Fear’s presence should serve as a reminder that your fight is worth winning. Everything in life will never be an easy “win.”

Gird up the loins of your mind. Put your faith into action and fight the good fight of faith. God did not raise you to be a quitter. Remind yourself that you have what it takes to do this. You are well able to complete the task before you. Remember you can do all things through Christ that infuses you with inner strength.

Father, I pray that we will put on the full armor of God today in order to defeat every enemy that rises up against us and in us. Thank you that you have already given us the victory over fear. You have given us power, love, and a sound mind. May we put into action the tools that are readily available unto us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Success to you,

Mary Pinckney

© Mary Pinckney, April 2015

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Only Today Matters

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Make a small change today

 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 (MSG)

Whatever it is you have been attempting to conquer, take it step by step, moment by moment. We only live one day at a time. Right now, your greatest accomplishment will be to getting through what today holds.  Make it a point to always be prepared. Rise to the challenges. Give it your all! You have what it takes to get it done; trust your ability.

Lord thank you for the grace to live in the here and now. Too often we approach life trying to get to the next big thing rather than enjoying each day you have given. Thank you for teaching us to make every moment count. Thank you for the courage to face and arise above every obstacle that may come our way today. We trust in your unfailing love today. In Jesus name Amen.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, February 2015

Destiny Distractions

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We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (GW)

This is not the time nor the place to give up. This is not the time to get distracted from your place of destiny. Too often we allow people, situations, disappointments to distract us from our place of destiny.  I encourage you today to hold on and never give up! Keep praying. Keep fighting. Keep believing. Your breakthrough is at hand. Your destiny is too important to give up for anything!

Father, strengthen my sisters and brothers that are reading this today. Help them to hold on to your promises.  Help them to holdfast to their faith. Help them to keep believing even when it seems impossible. You are a God of your Word and you will bring to past everything you promised.  Help them to fight through the temptations and the urge to give up.  Teach us all how to recognize our “destiny distractions”  in order to see the place of purpose you have for us. In Jesus name, Amen

Grace and Peace be upon you,

Mary

Past Hurts…

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“Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.” Rick Warren

Blessings to you!

Mary

You Can Win This Fight!

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The struggle is real! Yes, we all have struggled in maintaining a Godly lifestyle at one time or another.  In the midst of the struggle the temptations we battled seemed to win out over our self-control.  It is not always easy breaking free from strongholds and mindsets that have held you captive for so long, but I want to encourage your heart; YOU can win this fight!

Today, I want to share an excerpt from my journal with you. I realize that there are times that we all need an extra boost to keep us going. Through my journey the Lord has provided the encouragement and inner strength I needed. It is my prayer tonight that this declaration and prayer empowers you!

As I write this I realize that the key to winning out over temptation to is to ask for grace and mercy in my time of need.  Jesus was tempted just like me in the same manner-the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  He shares in my feelings of weakness, infirmities, and liabilities to the assaults of temptation and in it all, He did not sin.

I need to be fearless, confident, and bold about asking for the help I need, that I may receive His mercy for my failures and find grace to help in the opportune time for every need. The help Jesus is able to give me is the appropriate help, well timed help, and it will come just when I need it. He is always able to make a way of escape for me when I ask.

Jesus did not give into sin and that same power lies within me. I have power within me to say no to the flesh, lustful cravings and unwanted desires that arise within me. I have to allow my will to die daily. Giving into temptation is not worth the price that will have to be paid. I am worth the effort and the fight I put into withstanding and walking in the spirit.

Below are some scriptures that have helped me to renew my mind daily in the battle of temptation. Make it apart of your everyday meditation, the Word of God works!

Father manifest your grace and power in our times of weaknesses, I pray. I thank you for being a very present help when we find ourselves in a time of need. In Jesus name Amen

In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.  Psalm 138:3 (AMP)

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9  (NLT)

That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God. Romans 6:12 -14 (MSG)

For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. 16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. Hebrews 4:15-16  (AMP)

 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG)

 There isn’t any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (GW)

Blessings to you!

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, May 2014