Commit it to the Lord

"Commit to the Lord WHATEVER you do, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3

The other day I felt a desperate need for some instruction from the Lord to handle a problem I was facing. I wanted a specific word from Him so that I could simply follow it and succeed. I expected a three step approach with a couple of prayers in the middle. What I got was the scripture above.
No specific guidance, just a promise that WHATEVER I commit to Him WILL SUCCEED!

I thought about that and then decided to look deeper at the word COMMIT.
Here are a few meanings of COMMIT:
to give TRUST (to the Lord) to give in trust for preservation
to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance
to entrust for safekeeping
to pledge to engage (make a connection with the Lord)

So I felt like He was telling me that as I TRUST Him and hand over(ENTRUST) my troubles, as I pledge to engage Him, He promises to make WHATEVER I do successful.

It's an actual WIN-WIN! I will not lose! I guess that is why the scriptures tell us that if God is for us there is no one that can stand against us. Why don't you COMMIT your personal situation to the Lord. Hand it over to Him to deal with and get ready to watch your plans succeed!

Are You Even Listening?

How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed,and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. Habakkuk 1:2-4

Do you ever complain? Have you ever spent part of your day whining about the way that your life was going? As I read the words of this scripture today I began to see a bit if myself in these words. 
I have moments where I wonder why terrible things are happening and yes, I will sometimes even ask God if He is still there! I whine about aches and pains, lack of what I want and I also complain about the injustices in this world. I wonder why God won't just come and save me; save us! Is He even listening?
Jesus never said that the world would be fair. He never said that times would not be tough. He only reminded us that He would always be there and He would never leave. So no matter how bad things can get or how ungodly people may act, Jesus is as close as the mention of his name.
Take a moment right now and check out your own complaint department. Are you whining or winning in your life? Life isn't fair. Good people often do bad things. Bad people do worse things. But God is always bigger than any trouble that you face! 

Inspire Yourself!

Inspire yourself! What does it mean to be inspired? It means to be lifted to a higher level. I have a need to be lifted higher in some way each and every day! There are just so many things and people pulling me down that I crave a little lift all the time! I think we all need to find places of inspiration and ways to be inspired. When our spirits are up our energy and productivity increases too. Finding inspiration can be a challenge. Let me offer a few ways that I find a little lift that might be useful for you too.

1-turn on your favorite music and spend a few moments sitting and listening with your eyes closed.

2-write down something that you would like to see in you...maybe a characteristic or emotion. Sometimes you have to see it to be it.

3-find some folks that do what you want to do and have coffee or lunch. Being in the presence of folks that are doing what you desire to do can energize you and ignite passion in you.

4-pray! You should probably do this first because God can lead you to the right places and the right people if you are looking for them.

There are many ways to take your spirit and creativity to a higher level. When you feel good you do good! These are just some ways that fill my CUP to overflowing. How do YOU inspire yourself?