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What’s with the Flag?

So how does a book with #winning as the title have a picture of a white flag of surrender?? It wasn’t the original plan, I’ll tell you that. I had a completely different vision. But, when the proof came back for me to sign off on, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have a peace about it. I talked to my group that has helped me with several decisions concerning this book over the past couple of years (Dad, Mom, Cass, Jeffrey, Tim, Kayla, Sarah and of course Trae) While I was talking to Mom and Dad, Mom suggested a flag. Immediately the white flag came to my mind. As soon as we hung up I prayed for the Lord to give me confirmation that the white flag was to be on the cover. The very next words I heard were “white flag in the wind” from the song Air I Breathe by Mat Kearney playing on Klove. I knew then that the Lord wanted that as the cover for #winning. So, here’s a special shout out to my mother. I am so glad that she is sensitive to the Lord’s voice and willing to act on it. Also, I am super grateful and continuing to stand in awe that Jesus, the King of Kings, cares about our details!!

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👏🏻THANK YOU👏🏻

The last 24 hours have been so ENCOURAGING for me!!! Your excitement and genuine happiness has kept me smiling. I have received several messages, emails and phone calls telling me that you have already ordered #winning! Thank you! Thank you!!! I am so happy to be a part of your journey!

Prayer

  
When you enter into prayer begin with:
1) thanksgiving

2) praise.

Childish Ways

I stood alone, pouting. I didn’t get the reaction of “Way to go! I’m so proud of you!” when I announced what I thought was a great accomplishment. Apparently making it nearly 12 hours without pouting was supposed to be a given. So here I was back to square one: pouting because I failed to learn the lesson “don’t pout”.

Today I needed a few teachings:

1) Always act upon the wisdom of the “still small voice”.

2) God’s Word never fails.

So when I realized that I had been “schooled” by the Almighty I could’ve reverted back to the eight year old version of myself.

But, by the grace of God, I didn’t.

Today I chose “praise” over “pout”.

Instead of staying in a place of sorrow, pouting, feeling guilty for not remembering the lessons that He had taught me before, I chose to praise God for not giving up on me. I chose to praise Him for being faithful. For investing in me. For loving me in a way that only He can.

I praised Him for still working on me instead of pouting because I still needed some “working on”.

Decision Maker

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The Levites had to okay the food the people ate. They stood each morning and evening to praise God on the people’s behalf. They also offered their burnt sacrifices unto The Lord.

They were in charge of the congregation, the holy place, the tabernacle.

In the New Testament we are referred to as the temple of God.

How do you handle the responsibility of being in charge?

What do you choose to fill your mind, heart and soul with? In other words, is what you’re “eating” good?

Do you make a conscience effort to praise God daily?

Are you familiar with the benefits of sacrificing your fleshly desires for obedience to God’s truth?

You have free will. You get to choose how you serve. I encourage you to follow the Levites lead and be faithful to your God.

I Corinthians 3:16

I Chronicles 23:28-32

Outbursts of Praise

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Sometimes I just break into song because of how The Lord has blessed me. 🙂

I know I’m not alone. David said the exact same thing.

I’m sure there are many of you who randomly burst into song because you too are happy in The Lord. (Shout out to my mother ;)).

And for this I am thankful. Because it is good to enjoy God’s blessings. Sing it aloud. He is worthy of your praise.

Psalm 13:6

A Humble Heart

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James 1:17

Daniel 2:1-23

“There is not a man upon the earth that can tell you what that dream means,” said the Chaldeans.

Then in strolled Daniel with the interpretation.

Can you imagine the pride that would have tried to rule in his heart? He was the only man in the entire kingdom that could interpret the king’s dream. The only one.

But instead of glorying in himself he exalted God. He thanked God for imparting wisdom and might upon him. He blessed him. Praised him. Worshipped him.

In complete humbleness.

Daniel realized that even though he would receive glory on earth that his God in heaven was the author of this success.

Every good and perfect gift comes from God alone.

Remind yourself of that when you start getting too big for your britches.

Seven

Psalm 119:164

God created the beautiful earth that we live in. He sent His only begotten Son to die for us. He gave us the Word. He is true and just. He fulfills all of our needs.

We have so much to thank Him for.

So how many times a day do you praise Him?

The Psalmist says that he praised Him seven times a day for His righteous judgments.

Do you hit that mark? Throughout your entire day can you point to seven different times when you pause to praise The Lord?

It was good for the psalmist. It would be good for us.

Praise Jesus. He is worthy.

Cords of Love

Ephesians 5:2

Hosea 11:1-4

God loved His people so much that he called them out of captivity. Sadly they chose not to walk in their freedom. Instead they chose to turn to false gods. But God didn’t give up on them. He continued to pursue them, to comfort them, to bless them…even when they weren’t recognizing Him for who He was in their life. Lovingly He gave them direction, bearing their burdens and providing their needs…all without them acknowledging His presence.

As a child of God you have been freed from captivity of sin. He knows exactly where you stand…the path you are on…He is preserving you, blessing you, providing for you. Take this opportunity to walk in the freedom of The Lord…to acknowledge His presence in your life, to be wrapped in the cords of love that He has been patiently drawing you with.

God has been waiting for the moment when He can enjoy the sweet smelling savor of your praise. Offer it up now. There isn’t anytime like the present.

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