Are You Rehearsing?

And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. – Exodus 17:14 (KJV)

 

I started attending a writer’s group to critique the novel I am working on. The first time I submitted, though, I understood what it felt like to have sung my heart out in front of the judges on American Idol and have them rip the performance to shreds.

I walked out of the restaurant, questioning myself as a writer. Something I rarely do any more.

God had an answer though. He always does. We just have to be open to finding it.

God always knew Joshua would succeed Moses as the leader of the Israelites. Moses just lead them out of Egypt when God told Moses to create a memorial book and then rehearse those victories in Joshua’s ears.

Why? When we rehearse our victories, we see how far we’ve come, we see how far God has brought us. We see our track record, our history.

I remembered the good reviews, the awards for my short stories, the websites that picked up my articles, the comments from people I have helped through my writing. As I did, I began to believe in my abilities as a writer again. I formulated a plan to re-write my piece from their advice.

This is what happened with Joshua. He and Caleb were the only ones from the original generation who believed God. They were the only two from the original generation who made it into the Promised Land. I believe this is because Moses kept telling Joshua what God had done for them, rehearsed the victories in his ears.

We need to do this as well–rehearse our victories in our ears. Remember what God has done in the past. What He did before, He will and can do again if we just believe. Write down your victories and rehearse them today and every day until they become a part of your thinking and your believing.

#believing #victories #God

Need Encouragement?

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. – I Samuel 30:6

Ever been discouraged about how your life is going?

You do not see your dreams coming to pass. Your child is as rebellious as ever. Your marriage is on the rocks.

You think that nothing is ever going to work out in your favor.

You might feel there is no one around to encourage you, to help your get through this rough patch.

People won’t always be around. You have to learn to do what King David did. You have to encourage yourself in the Lord.

How do you do this?

Put On Praise Music. Get alone. Sing to it. Dance to it. It’s hard to feel depressed when you are offering the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:!5).

List Your Blessings. Write them down, then rehearse them every day out loud.

Volunteer. Help those you are less fortunate than you. By doing this, you will see how much God has done for you.

Rehearse God’s Promises. Pick promises that pertain to your situation. Meditate on them. Say them over and over to yourself when you are alone. Faith will rise from this simple action.

When you are down, don’t look to others to be your encouragement. Encourage yourself.

#encourageyourself #blessings #praise #Godspromisesaretrue

What Are You Dwelling On?

Every day while washing dishes (Yes! Some people still do this), driving, doing work, memories play in our heads.

We are transported back to that time in our minds. We see the events as they happened. We feel the same emotions. Smell the same smells.

This happens with good memories and bad.

We can listen to a song played at our senior prom. It will evoke feelings of excitement and maybe nervousness of what to expect.

From mine, I remember the hotel, the contests, the songs, what my date said, sitting outside with my friends and their dates, the two older women sitting in the hot tub nearby.

From here, my mind might drift to why my date and I later broke up. The phone call to tell me his feelings changed. The trying to be friends. The truth about his real character and what lines he could cross to get what he wanted.

I can choose which memory on which I dwell. The happy memories or the bad ones.

We all have the power to choose what we play on the screen of our minds.

We choose what we will dwell on, what we allow into our lives.

We have to be diligent about what we watch, about what we hear. What we focus on is going to happen in our lives.

Do we want more of the same? Or do we want better?

To get better in life requires us to be diligent about that which we give attention.

We have to be selective about what we listen to, about what we see, about who we hang around, about who we allow in our lives.

To get positive results, we cannot allow negativity to enter our sphere. There will be negativity in our lives no matter what, but we choose react to it.

Are we going to listen to that station? We can shut it off. That conversation? We can walk away.

What negativity are you allowing in your life?

You can keep it and get the same results. You can change and see your life follow suit.

The choice is yours.

 

#memories #avoidnegativity #changeyourlife

 

What Are You Allowing?

I dated a man on-and-off-again for four years. I knew I should not be dating him. He did not share my dreams and goals. Our lives remained separate. I felt more like the mistress instead of his girlfriend because of all the responsibilities and projects on his plate.

I allowed this man to treat me badly because there was a strong connection. I was addicted to him and his drama.

For years, I put getting my business off the ground on my goal list for each year. Only I would never put in the effort necessary to accomplish it.

Why am I confessing these things? Because I allowed these things in my life.

I allowed the man to stay in my life because I did not think enough of myself to kick him out.

I allowed the days, months, years to go by without working on my business because I would rather be creating.

What we allow, we are agreeing with. We are agreeing to the consequences.

What are you allowing in your life? What are those things, people, places in your life that you are allowing even though you know they are not good for you?

Why are you allowing them? When are you going to let go of them?

For me, I had to change my why.

What life did envision myself living? If I continued to allow these things in my life, would I reach accomplish it? I needed to let go out those things. The man and the lack of focus.

In the case of the relationship, though, I couldn’t end it on my own. If I did, which I had before, he would keep worming his way into my life. I knew it had to be his idea to end it.

I kept praying, “Lord, this battle is not mine but yours (2 Chronicles 20:15).”

It took a few months, but he walked out and never contacted me again.

What are you allowing? Whatever you are allowing is preventing you from moving onto the future you want.

Not strong enough? Let God help.

Why not make the decision to let go of those things, those people, those places today?

#letgo #newlife #newbeginnings