We all need somebody 

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When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:13 NLT

I used to feel like a prisoner locked inside my own world not knowing how to escape. Have you been here? Have you noticed that it is hard to talk to others around you about you? I consider myself a very private person. It was always hard for me to open up and share with others how I was really doing.

Over the years I have seen so many people betrayed because they shared intimate details about their lives with others they felt could be trusted. I knew at that point I didn’t want to be in that place having to suffer the embarrassment and the pain they experienced. Out of my own need God birthed a desire in me to become a safe place for others to heal.

We all need someone. We all need an outlet. We were never meant to be an island isolated from everyone else. It was never God’s plan for man to be alone. It is so freeing to be able to know that we have people in our corner that are genuinely concerned about us and our well-being. If you find yourself where I once was, ask God to lead you to the person you can be open with. Someone that has His heart for you. It may be a trusted friend, counselor, or pastor. Once you begin getting the help you need, will you also consider becoming a safe place for others to lean?

Lord, I often find myself drifting back into isolation out of fear of being hurt again. I ask that you lead me to the safe place of healing that is available for me. I ask that you teach me who to trust with my innermost thoughts. I pray that even as You heal me that I too will become a safe place for others to heal.

Dig Deeper: Make a list of people you know that you consider a safe place. Then pray and ask God to lead you to who maybe the best for you to open your heart to. As you begin to sort through all of this, journaling is another form of unloading our hearts.

Grace and Peace,
Mary 

Your Breakthrough Coach~ Challenging Your Perspective On Life, Love, and Relationships 

http://www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, July 2017

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There is room for you too

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As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first[a] to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. 14 He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 (NLT)
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Who are you? What is your place in this world? This question often baffles many. In our quest to be prominent or recognized we tend to overlook the obvious.  There is a uniqueness we bring to this world.  I have witnessed in my own life, the very area we tend to struggle in is sometimes the area God has chosen us to bring about change and healing in the lives of those that have been in a similar place.
God chose us to be vessels of His grace in the lives of others. The truth be told, it does not always look glamourous because we sometimes have to bare our souls or show our vulnerabilities, but we have been called for such a time as this to help transform lives.  When we begin to embrace the call on our lives to be instruments of love and lead others to the divine grace of our Lord, we find that it is only by God’s grace that we are able to do what He has called us to.
He has equipped us with everything we need to carry out our function in the body of Christ. No, what we have been called to do may not look like the calling of others. It may not be our “ideal” assignment but our part is necessary in bringing the good news to those that we encounter in need of the same grace that we received.
Lord teach us to recognize our value to the Kingdom of God. You have called each of us to impact the lives of those around us. Help us to embrace the place that we have been called to even when it appears that our part seems small and insignificant.  Help us to remember that we have been called to help bring Glory and Honor to your name and not our own. In Jesus name, Amen
Take Action: If you have struggled with knowing where you fit in the Kingdom of God, ask God to show you through your everyday life what He has called you to. Keep your eyes open and attentive and begin to take notice of the people that seek you out for help.

Grace and Peace,

 

Mary

Breakthrough Coach – Breaking You Through To a Better You

http://www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, October 2016

Don’t let your dream die

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 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)
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I want to speak to those of you that have stopped dreaming. You have had setbacks. You have encountered disappointment. You have been told it won’t work.

I say to you DREAM AGAIN! There is still hope for YOU! Yes, there is still time for YOU to make it happen. It starts with YOU believing in what God has already given YOU. He planted the dream in your heart. God is so faithful to help YOU carry out every aspect of that dream.

Have you submitted your dream to Him?
Will you allow that dream to die, so that God can resurrect it?

Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it will not grow. Take a moment and surrender your thoughts about how it is supposed to be. Surrender control over every aspect of that dream. Give God permission to work in YOU His plan and purpose for your dream. You are apart of a greater plan.

That dream YOU have, once it is released, will begin to transform the lives of others. The world awaits what God has placed in you. It’s time to GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DREAM AGAIN!

Father, revive the hearts of those that have stopped dreaming because of disappointments and set backs. Restore to them the vigor they once had about the plan and the purposes you have already established in their hearts. May they be strengthened in their inner man to await the promise of fruition. Even as it is written in Ecclesiastes 3:11, you have made all things beautiful in its time. I thank you for restoration of hope even now. In Jesus name Amen

Shalom,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, June 2016

 

 

 

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

You Are Enough…

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You are enough. You are good enough.

You are valuable. You have what it takes to succeed.

God values you. He made you unique, special, one of a kind.

There is no other that can offer what you have.

You have purpose. You are filled with potential.

You are a child of the most High God.

Your worth and value lies in your Creator, not in your size.

It’s not in your finances. It is not in your relationships. It is not in your looks.

Your confidence comes from knowing who you are in Him and who He has created you to be.

You are enough. Nothing anyone else can say or do, changes that.

God has established it in His eternal purpose for you.

What He placed in you is needed by others here in the earth.

Take heart today knowing He has fashioned you for such a time as this.

Everything God does exhibits greatness. That includes you.

 

Grace and Peace,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, February 2016

Where are you placing your trust?

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In this day and age, nothing seems certain anymore. There was once a time when commitment mattered. Families were stronger. Jobs were stable. Friendships were solid. Churches were dependable. People genuinely cared for each other.  But something changed over the years.

Where are you placing your trust? I am reminded today of a well-known hymn:

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.  On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

The truth is, that people will fail us. Jobs will be lost. Death is a certainty in life. But in the midst of it all, there is hope. Jesus is that hope to a lost a dying world.

When all else fails, He promised to never leave us or forsake us. Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. We were never promised that life would be free of difficulty, as Jesus says in John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble.” But it doesn’t stop there; He goes on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

That, my friend, is good news. That is hope you can count on. In Him is where our trust should be placed. In Him is where we find hope to outlast life’s unpleasant moments.

On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. I offer that hope to you today. Will you receive Him?

Father, thank You again for the hope You have given us through Your Son Jesus. It is such an honor to have a friend, brother, intercessor, and most of all Lord and Savior in Him. Thank You for counting us worthy of Your love. Thank You for allowing us to experience life everlasting through our connection with Jesus. When all else fails, He is our one true Hope. Amen.

Take Action

Spend a few moments meditating on John 16:33. What troubles are you experiencing in your life right now? Take them to Christ, and be encouraged that He has already overcome this world.

© Mary Pinckney, 2016