How do you do it?!

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Keeping It Together In the Midst of Chaos

How do you keep going during chaos? I struggled with finding the answer to this question for years. As I inquired of the Lord, He began to show me answers through the life of Jesus.

As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns.  Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  Matthew 14:13-14 NLT

Jesus withdrew to be alone after receiving the news that His cousin John the Baptist was beheaded but upon seeing the crowd He turned and had compassion on them. Compassion is defined as a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry or hurting.  Jesus wanted to ensure that the crowd had what they needed even at a time He was in need. The disciples wanted to send the crowd away but Jesus commanded that they be fed, pointing out that what they needed was within their ability to handle.

Too often, God is asking us to serve others but our own selfish ambitions get in the way. We are so concerned about our own needs and focused on our own insecurities until we miss the multiplication that is possible when God is with us. It is not within our own power to always meet the needs of the crowd. The key is recognizing God is always the source.  When we come to Him admitting our insufficiency, He takes what we have and multiplies it.

Jesus knowing the needs of the people did not turn them aside, He laid His own need aside to ensure the people were taken care of. After doing so, He continued to a place of solitude to pray.  Why is this significant when it comes to keeping it together? We can’t give out daily and not take time to replenish. This is faulty thinking. Anyone that has ever driven a car knows after driving for miles the car will run out of gas. To get more service from that car it must be refilled repeatedly. This is the same for each of us.

Jesus making time to withdraw and pray helped to keep Him connected to His source. It gave Him the power, the grace, the instructions and the wisdom to continue doing the will of the Father. Jesus knew His assignment. He knew daily meetings with His Father were required to ensure He could continue.

The death of John the Baptist is significant because Jesus was hurt by the loss of His cousin and friend. John the Baptist knew He was the Son of God sent to save mankind. As we take this into consideration we find that Jesus had emotions. He did not allow His emotions to hinder Him from doing the will of the Father. He understood His emotions had a place but it was not to move Him from His assignment. Again, this was evident when He saw the crowd. He allowed His purpose to lead.

As we study the life of Jesus we find the answers we need to keep it together when our world turns topsy-turvy. We learn that there is a place for our emotions and a proper way to deal with our own pain in life. We learn the importance of maintaining daily intimacy with God. We learn that we cannot function in our assignment without daily connection with our Father.  He holds the key to keep us together even when we are falling apart.

Grace and peace to you,

Mary,

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© Mary Pinckney, October 2017

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Help me see what you see

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Morning Meditation:…The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

For far too long we have allowed feelings of inadequacies to stop us in our tracks. Today, I challenge you to shatter the lies that have held you captive. Shatter, destroy, smash into pieces every negative belief that you have held about
yourself over the years. It is now time to believe what God has said about you. It is now time to believe the best.

You are good enough.

You are worthy enough.

You are smart enough.

You do deserve the best out of life and your relationships.

You do have what it takes to succeed in life, business, ministry etc.

You were uniquely designed to give life to those that God has called you to reach.

You are an asset to those around you. You are a gift to this world.

Whatever God has assigned your hands to do, go forth with all your might knowing that God has given you everything that pertains to life and godliness.

Lord, open our eyes to what you see. Help us to see the truth about ourselves. Help us to see not through the eyes of our failures or even our feelings but take confidence in the gifts, talents, abilities and the strength You have given
us.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

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© Mary Pinckney, May 2017

Take Rest Oh My Weary Soul

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When my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 NKJV

It gets so hard at times balancing every aspect of life; marriage, family, ministry, and career. Where do I find the time for me? Where do I find the time to commune with my Heavenly Daddy? So much comes into play on any given day. Sometimes I feel as though I am sinking, I am drowning in it all. Then I hear Your still small voice saying, “rest in me.”

I hear you calling me back to a place of stillness, a place of much needed peace. I hear you calling me to breathe and allow You to replenish me. I long for that time in Your presence, Lord. I long to be near You. You calm the raging emotions inside of me. Just as Jesus spoke peace to the wind and the waves in the Gospels, You still my overwhelmed heart. It is in Your presence I find fullness of joy and at Your right hand, pleasures forever more.

It is in the stillness that I find peace; I find continual hope. It is in the stillness that I find rest for my weary soul. Take delight oh my weary soul. Take delight in the presence of Abba Father. Take delight in His loving arms. If you find yourself in a similar place today, I challenge you to find rest in the Presence of Almighty God. It is in His Presence that we find renewed strength, peace, and hope.

Father, we long for Your unfailing love in our everyday lives. When we are running on empty, emotions are high, and life is overwhelming, lead us to the Rock that is higher than us. Lead us to that place of refuge and peace that we so long for. It is in You that we find rest. It is in You that we find hope. It is in You that we find peace.

Go deeper: When life seems to overwhelm you, take out a pen and pad and journal your thoughts. Write a love letter to God telling Him how much you need His presence in Your life.

Grace and peace,

Mary 

Breakthrough Coach ~ Challenging your perspective on life, love, and relationships 

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© Mary Pinckney, March 2017

Be, Just Be

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For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good. Psalm 107:9 (AMP)

As I sit here listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, I realize how busy my life has been as of late. There is not always time to sit and just enjoy being. There is so much anguish involved in making everyday decisions and starting new projects, until it drains me of all my energy and my excitement about life. Oh to just be refreshed from time to time is what my soul desires.

I sit and I look at the waves with contentment. Thanking God for some much needed time away. The ocean so vast, so free in being what God intended it to be. It moves at the same steady pace, not rushed, not hurried, and just cascading back and forth under the gentle breeze. Oh the lessons to be learned today about life in general, just from this breathtaking view of God’s creation.

We too, are His creation. He made us. He fashioned us with purpose and intent. He has wonderful plans for our lives and in those plans are the exact instructions we need. Think about it. God instructed the ocean, go this far and no more upon creation.

We too have boundaries that are locked inside of God’s original intent for our lives. We have to take daily time outs just to sit and listen to His heart, drink in His goodness, and feed on His wisdom. After all, God has already given us the dreams, the aspirations, and the blueprints for our lives. He has already equipped us for the journey we will face ahead as we work to accomplish every aspect of that plan.

Do not let another moment pass you by. Take some time away just to be. Be refreshed by the voice of the Lord. You will be amazed at the difference it makes. The inspiration you need to go forth will come. Be, just be, in the presence of the Almighty.

Lord Help me I pray to see the difference time out from my daily routine actually makes. Refresh me as I sit before you content at just being your child. Refresh my soul and refill my heart In Jesus name Amen

Grace and Peace,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, October 2014

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The Power of Encouragement

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Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.  Proverbs 12:25 (NLT)  

We live in a world that has become filled with mayhem.  Every side we turn there is a school shooting, a kidnapping, a family on the brink of falling apart or even a suicide as we have witnessed days ago.

 In the midst of all these challenges we have a tendency to become so consumed with our own lives and fail to see those crying out for help right around us.  That is why it is essential for us, as the children of God to hear the voice of our Father.

Every day we should position ourselves to hear what He desires to share with those around us. I love this scripture found in Isaiah 50:4; it reads, “ The Almighty Lord will teach me what to say, so I will know how to encourage weary people. Morning after morning he will wake me   to listen like a student.” (GW)  We must become sensitive to His Holy Spirit.

Too many people are walking around not knowing what to do or where to turn and we hold the answers within us.  No, our lives may not be perfect, but we do serve a perfect God. He knows the plans and the purposes He has set for us. Along the course of our journey we should be willing to make ourselves available when He needs to interrupt our plans.  The challenge we are in right now, may hold the key to someone’s victory. That is, if we would take the time to stop murmuring and complaining and learn the lessons. 

The Lord would often send others to help encourage and strengthen our hearts in hopes that we would begin to do the same for those that cross our path. Take the time today and pay close attention to that still small voice within.  Begin to share a smile, a hug, or just a few kind words with a stranger or a friend and watch their life blossom. You never know whose live you may be saving. That is the power of encouragement.

Nothing in our lives is wasted. Everything that we have encountered has purpose.  It helps to remember that we were not created to serve ourselves but to serve those around us. You are the answer to someone else’s dilemma.  You are their miracle. Will you make yourself available?

 Grace and Peace,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney 2014

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Be a Seeker

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But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.     Matthew 6:33 AMP

While reading Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer, the above scripture stood out to me in a new light. Immediately, I felt like crying out. The Lord began to deal with me about letting go of unhealthy attachments. One of my greatest challenges was eating for comfort. The Lord revealed to me that I was striving after and seeking comfort in food rather than in Him.  Food is always easily accessible and it helps to soothe the pain for a moment.  Letting go of that comfort scared me, because now I had to learn new coping skills.  I must admit, when I began the process I felt weak and helpless, but the more I looked to the Lord, I found strength to endure. Now, I am on a path to freedom.

It is amazing, we all seek solace and comfort from outward things, ignoring the fact that our answer is in the Lord alone. What is your drug of choice? What is it that you chase after to help ease your pain? The Lord longs to set us free. In order to obtain that freedom, we must first make some exchanges: His love and acceptance for our fear and rejection, His healing for our brokenness, His peace for our chaos and His joy for our sadness. Temporary healing is not the Lord’s desire for us. He yearns for His children to be satisfied totally. When Jesus appeared to the Samaritan Woman at the well, He promised her water that would satisfy her thirst, not a sip, but a thirst quencher.

  Make a choice to seek, aim at, and strive after the Lord today. When you reach out to Him, you will find that He is a healer.  He can mend your brokenness and minister to the deep rooted wounds.  Most of all He can be trusted with your inner issues. Be a seeker, run to Him today and allow your healing to begin. He awaits you. Softly and gently Jesus is calling. Will you come?

 

Father, teach us to rest in you when we are hurting. It is in you we will find the comfort and the answers we need.  I pray that we will seek after you more than we seek after our necessary food. May our hearts thirst for all that you have to give. Only your living water will satisfy us.  In Jesus name Amen

What do you seek after and find comfort in when you are hurting, alone, tired, etc.?

Are you willing to make an exchange with the Lord today?  Are you willing to trade your sorrows and accept His healing, peace, or joy?

 

 

© Mary Pinckney, excerpt from my book Be Attitudes: A Devotional Journey to A Healthier and Happier You

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