It’s All Heart From Here!

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Sometimes we need a coach that is able to see what’s on the inside of us and push us past our own limitations!

Blessings to you,

Mary

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along!!

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Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.

Romans 12:16 (AMP)  

 

Relationships are tough to be in at times, but not impossible to master. When I speak of relationships, I am not just referring to marital relationships but all relationships. We all have many relationships in our lives. In every one of these relationships we must learn to relate to each other.

It is hard being in relationships in which you feel mistreated. However, God has made it possible to do the impossible even when we are in a difficult place. One important lesson the Holy Spirit taught me years ago, was to seek peace and pursue it. In order to do that, it took work on my part. Our reference scripture today is one I had to keep close to my heart.

In relationships, we should always aim at living in harmony with each other. In order to do that, we each must readily adjust ourselves to people and situations. This is not always easy to do, but the grace of God is available to help us. Oftentimes we don’t take the time to process why challenges come in relationships. We are too quick to judge. We should never judge by what we see or hear for that matter. We must take the time to find out the root of the issues we are dealing with. Some situations are simply a misunderstanding.

 On another note, selfishness has no place in healthy relationships. Harmony will come when we begin to put others above ourselves. This is one of the characteristics of Jesus. The Bible is filled with many examples teaching us how to handle our relationships. It is important for us to learn from the best Teacher; the Holy Spirit. It is impossible for us to love the Lord, whom we can’t see, and not love those that are with us daily.

 Father, I pray for those that are struggling in their relationships. I pray that we will begin to rely on the grace you have already provided to help us in our times of need. Minister to our hearts today and allow us to see truth in every situation. Teach us how to love like you love, Father.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

© Mary Pinckney, 2013

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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                      

There’s Greatness Within You!

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God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.  2 Timothy 1:7 (GW)

Why am I still here? This is your daily cry as you ponder the deep dissatisfaction with your state in life. Yet, you choose to do nothing about it.  You blame everyone else for why you have not accomplished more, only to see deep within that it is not their fault. It is just easier for you not to take the blame.  You lash out at those that love you because they see the potential in you and desire to help you move forward.  Still yet, you isolate yourself because you feel you don’t have what it takes to be all that you can be. It’s time for a change.

 Stop complaining about issues you are not willing to do something about. The truth of the matter is you are afraid, afraid to take the next steps. You are afraid of stepping out and failing. You are afraid of unleashing the real you. Fear of the unknown has you trapped in a cycle you long to break free from.  When will you see that you never have to do it alone? You have help available.  God has already given you everything that you need to live your best life.

Can’t you see that your life is of great value? Every waking moment, every hour, every second of the day is a precious gift from the Heavenly Father. Don’t waste your time and energy feeling sorry for yourself.  You hold the power in your hands to do something about where you are. What you don’t like, change it.  You have not even begun to discover the wealth that is on the inside of you. Be intentional when it comes to discovering what is within you!  Today is the day! Now is the time for you to move forward with determination and vigor and make your life count.  There is greatness on the inside of you!

Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters today that find themselves at the point of giving up. I ask that you infuse them with inner strength. Encourage their hearts to continue even in the midst of challenges. Allow them to see and know the wealth you have placed within them. In Jesus name Amen.

© Mary Pinckney, April 2014

 

 

Who’s In Your Inner Circle?

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And when He had gone in, He said to them, why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping. 40And they laughed and jeered at Him. But He put them all out, and, taking the child’s father and mother and those who were with Him, He went in where the little girl was lying…          Mark 5:39-40 (AMP)

 

 In the above scripture, we find Jesus performing a miracle for Jairus.  Jairus sought Jesus out when his daughter fell sick. He believed the reports he heard about Jesus. He even witnessed His healing power on his way home, as Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood.  When they returned, the house was filled with unbelievers.   Jesus put them all out and proceeded in restoring the young girl’s health.

We can take notes from Jesus’ actions.  Each of us needs to take inventory of our lives.  Be observant.  We need to know who we are connected to.  Everybody is not linked to our destiny. It is said, if you want to know what type of person you are, look at the people you hang with the most. 1 Corinthians 15:33 lets us know that bad company corrupts good manners.  You may be on a path for purpose, headed in the right direction.  You may be seeking God to restore your marriage. You may be praying for physical healing. Whatever the case, don’t allow yourself to be side tracked by naysayers and unbelievers. If you are seeking a miracle, you have to create an atmosphere for it. 

It is time to clean house.  First, do away with the doubt and fear within you. Then guard your heart with all diligence.  It is so important to protect the gateways to your heart.  Be careful what you watch, listen to and even say.  Next, begin to ask the Lord to show you who is to accompany you on your journey.  You need to be surrounded with like-minded people. He will open your eyes to see who has your best interest at heart.  I am a witness, it helps to have faith-filled believers praying for you and encouraging you along the way. 

My prayer for you today is that God will open the eyes of your understanding so you may see every hindrance to His power working fully in your life. May you be observant and quick to notice the distractions that come your way. 

 

  (c) Mary Pinckney, August 2013 excerpt from Be Attitudes: A Devotional Journey to a Healthier Happier You

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Where’s Your Passion?

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On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”  So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.      Joshua 10:12-13 (NLT)

I love the passion Joshua showed in the above scripture. He was determined to get the victory the Lord had promised to him. He was so determined that he asked God for the impossible to help him accomplish it.  

Much like Joshua, we need to be passionate about what the Lord has shown us or even spoken to us. When you are passionate, you learn to run through troops and leap over walls. Nothing stops you from going after what you want. Let your passion show in your actions not just in your words.

 “Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”  

Joshua spoke before the people. He did not wait until he was by himself. He was not ashamed of His faith. He was not ashamed to call on the Lord for help in the midst of his crisis.  

It is that type of passion that will drive us to continue even in the midst of adversity. Take inventory of your life and relationship with the Lord today. Can your passion be seen by others?  Is your obedience to His Voice being demonstrated in your actions? Is your belief in what He has said obvious?  If not, make the necessary adjustments.

Be passionate! Let that passion ooze out of you into the lives of others.  Don’t just do enough to get by; push past good to better, from better to best, and from best to greatness. There is so much more on the inside of you.  My prayer for you today is that you will begin to allow your passionate love for Him to spill out in your everyday life that others may see it and be drawn by it. I pray that you will fan into flames the dreams and the passion that lies on the inside of you for life again. Live your best life! There is so much more in you!

 Lord, too often our passion diminishes in times of adversity instead of building. I pray that we will allow our confidence in you and your ability to work in our lives to grow so that others may see our passion for you.

Has your passion for life been disappearing lately? 

(c) Mary Pinckney, August 2013 excerpt from Be Attitudes: A Devotional Journey to a Healthier and Happier You

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