Peace be still!

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Everyday we are faced with the choice to rest in the promises of God or to stress over the problems we encounter. It should be an easy decision to make but yet we find ourselves often caught between two opinions. On one hand we want so much to trust and believe that God will do just what He says. On the other hand we find ourselves doubting that He actually cares. After all, God has so much more on His plate than to be concerned about our issues. 
I am so glad that God is not like man. He is much greater than we can ever imagine. His love for us spans wider than the ocean. Before we were even a thought, He knew us. He presdestined us, made us a part of His master plan. That should be grounds for our trust. I have found that it is much easier to trust a God that has a proven track record. I would rather take my chances with God any day than to walk in fear and doubt on a regular basis. I have been there and done that too many times. Today, I choose the peace that comes with trusting that God will perform what He has promised. I may not know when. I may not know how, but I can be confident that He never fails. He has proven Himself faithful time and time again.

Lord it is so easy to get caught up in the turmoil of everyday life and to focus on what we see rather than what You have said. It should always be an easy choice to trust you and rest in Your promises but even the best of us struggle. Teach us daily to renew our mind on Your promises and meditate in the scriptures that speak of Your love, grace, and assurance. May our hearts take courage in knowing that You have left us Your peace. In Jesus name Amen 

Grace and Peace, 
Mary, 

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(C) Mary Pinckney, August 2017

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Speak Life

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“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Do you remember this old adage? It would often be heard on a schoolhouse playground as children were teasing each other, pretending not to be bothered by the insults that came their way.

But our pretending doesn’t end with childhood; as adults, we try to convince ourselves that the sting of sharp words does not affect us. The truth is, we are deeply wounded by the verbal abuse we encounter on a daily basis. And we’re not immune to being abusers ourselves. As we interact with others, we must choose daily whether we will use our words to bring hurt or healing.

James summed it up best by saying that we need to be slow to speak, quick to hear, and slow to get angry. As born again believers, the nature of God should help govern our hearts and minds. It is up to us to choose words that are not offensive to God and our neighbors.

My challenge to you today is to begin to focus on what is going on in your heart. The Scriptures tell us that out of the abundance of the heart, our mouth speaks. Have you paid much attention to this connection?  If you are housing bitterness, anger, or resentment, you are sure to spew out poison towards others that cross your path. Our words can either heal or destroy relationships. It is up to us to determine the outcome we desire.

Father, forgive us for not always paying attention to the words we speak. May we allow You to create within us a clean heart and renew within us a right spirit. Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, oh Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Have the closest people in your circle do a brief evaluation of the words that you speak. Allow them to be truthful with you to determine if there is an adjustment needed.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

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© Mary Pinckney, August 2016

Freedom Friday!

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..if the Son sets you free, you will be absolutely free. John 8:36

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God has opened the prison doors for you to walk out into the freedom He promised through Christ. You no longer have to be bond by the chains of your past.

Let it go.

Today is your day!

Today is the day of freedom for you.

It begins with a choice.

Will you grab ahold of God’s outstretched hand and walk with Him through this journey? He awaits your decision.

Thank you Lord that my freedom is found in You. No longer do I have to look to the things of this world or the people in my circle to give me what I need, You hold the keys to my peace. You hold the key to me walking out of darkness and into Your marvelous light. You have fought battles for me that I am not even aware of. Today, I pause to say thank You. I make a conscious decision to choose You. I choose to let go of the pain I have carried for years. I choose to let go of the bitterness that has crept into my heart. I choose to let go of the fears that have gripped my heart. Today, I lay it all down at Your feet. I choose You. I choose Your grace, Your love, Your peace. I choose the freedom that You have promised me in Your Word. Thank You for your sacrifice. In Jesus name. Amen.

Shalom,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, 2016

Be A Gardner

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Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. 27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. 29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn. Matthew 13:24-30 (NLT)

There comes a time on our journey that we must begin to take notice of what is growing in our lives. Much like the parable mentioned above, we must be keen enough to recognize the distractions that come our way to keep us from producing the harvest of discipline we seek.

Jesus tells this story to his disciples in order to paint a picture of the kingdom of God. In the example we find a war between two worlds. On one hand, the sower who represents God planting good seeds. On the other hand, there is Satan, the enemy sowing tares among the wheat.

Take a moment and think about how often you experienced God working in your life. Everything you set out to do was going according to plan, then all of a sudden here comes opposition to set you off course. Because of human nature, we panic and want to let it all go.  However, Jesus shows what an experienced gardener does when faced with unfavorable circumstances.

First of all, He recognizes it is an enemy that did this. He recognizes the attack came because of what He was doing. He recognized that the attack was on the harvest. It was the keenness of the gardener that led to the decision to let the tares grow with the wheat.

He explained to his workers that at the time of the harvest the separation would take place. Instead of destroying the integrity of the future harvest, He paid close attention to it, recognizing what was more important. We should do the same when it comes to our lives. Rather than giving up when we encounter challenges, or reacting too quickly, we need to take inventory of what we are dealing with. We can’t allow what others think we should do to influence our decisions. We need to be led by the Lord.

You must be mindful not to allow the tactics of the enemy to get you so overwhelmed that you lose sight of the progress you have made. This is not the time to get distracted. This is not the time to allow yourself to go off course. Maintain your focus.

The harvest you have been working towards will produce good in your life, but in that time you may have to go back and do some separating. Whatever weeds or distractions, you have allowed to come into your live through relationships, bad habits, character issues, etc. will now have to be addressed.

If you continue to allow these issues to grow they will only take over in your time of harvest. Be like that experienced gardener protect your harvest through wisdom, knowledge and understanding about the situation at hand. In order to do that, it will take much prayer and fellowship with the Father. He knows what is best, trust His guidance.

Blessings to you,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, 2014

 

It’s Time to Pull Back

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You may want to pull back from social media when you become consumed with how many likes you are receiving.

You may want to pull back from the accolades of men when it is determining your self-worth and your value.

You may want to pull back when you realize you have become addicted to the applause of others and life seems meaningless when you are no longer receiving it.

When you start becoming everything to everyone and your opinion matters more than God’s; it is time to pull back. We should always strive to be a vessel for God and not God Himself. We have been blessed with gifts and talents to strengthen and motivate others, but it should not take precedence over their relationship with God.

Maybe it is time for you to take a time out and examine your life. Are you thirsty for approval? Are you hungry for relationship? It may be time to unplug from social media, technology, and get alone with God. He is able to satisfy the longing within you.

 Lord, may we always take joy in doing your will. May we long for your instructions and write them upon on my heart. When we step outside of your will nudge us back in the right direction. Lead us to the place of truth within our inner man to help us understand we no longer need approval of men; we already have your approval. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image. Fill us again until we overflow with more of You in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Shalom,

Mary

 

© Mary Pinckney 2015

 

Its 2016, Now What?

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Welcome to the New Year.

What will you do differently this year?

Will this year be another year of excuses or results for you?

Will you allow fear to hold you captive or will you go forward in faith?

The decision is all yours!

Place fear on the backburner and DO LIFE BIG in 2016.

You are well able to accomplish what God has placed you here to do.

Passionately pursue your purpose in 2016.

Father, thank you for allowing us to see this New Year. We are so grateful for your gift of life, health and strength. Remind us that you have already given us everything that pertains to life and godliness. You have already equipped us to live a life of victory right now. I pray for boldness to begin to arise in each of us today as we passionately run forward to accomplish what You have called us to. May we never lose sight of Your grace in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

May this year be a year of God’s abundant peace for you.

Shalom,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, 2015

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What’s On Your Mind?

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Joshua 1:8 NLT says “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

Did you know what you think about the most determines your outcome in life? I am sure it is hard to believe that thoughts can play such a big role in our lives. The Lord’s desire was not for us to meditate on what we eat, drink, wear, or fantasize about who we would like to be with.

He did not tell us to meditate on immoral thoughts and actions. He instructed us to meditate on His Word.   I discovered that I used my thought life and my imagination as a way of escape from the real world.  Why is it that we find it easier to play thoughts over and over in our minds that grieve the Holy Spirit of God?  There is an old adage that I am sure you are familiar with, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.

Colossians 3:2 (Amplified) tells us to set our minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. If you focus continually on the things you desire to have, then you will constantly be in pursuit of those things. If you set your mind and keep it set on the Word of God and that which is holy and pure, then you will align your life with it. (Romans 8:5).

Again, we are ruled by our thoughts. If we desire to prosper and see success, then we have to begin to change what we are thinking. This can happen by renewing our minds in the Word of God (Romans 12:2). We have to make a conscious effort to see change and pursue it. The Lord has enabled us to do it.  So set your mind and keep it set on the Word of God.  Find a scripture in the area that you struggle in and roll it over and over in your thoughts daily and watch change take place in your life!

Father, remind me daily, that great peace have they that love your Word. I pray that the mediation of my heart will please you.

© Mary Pinckney, revised  November 2015

Read more like devotions like this in my two devotionals: Be Attitudes: A Devotional Journey to a Healthy and Happier You and Be Attitudes: A Devotional Journey to a Disciplined Life

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