Psalm 121 (KJV2000)

1I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from which comes my help.
2My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3He will not allow your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber.
4Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade upon your right hand.
6The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7The LORD shall preserve you from all evil: he shall preserve your soul.
8The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

Waiting has a way of bringing out a person’s true character. An individual’s response to the wait shows them where their focus is. It also reveals what a person truly believes, especially when faced with a situation that they have no control over.
Philippians 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Before anxiety kicks in full force and you respond in fear, pray. When you pray, don’t worry. Go in faith, asking God what would He have you to do. Don’t take matters into your own hands and try to manipulate the situation because the consequences are worse than waiting. Sometimes, it even makes the wait longer. Trust God’s response and be at peace, even if His response is not the answer you wanted. Still know, that He is God, and although we don’t always understand what He’s doing right now, we will understand later. In John 13, Jesus washes His disciples feet. Jesus washed their feet because He was sure of Himself, His Father and His purpose. Peter couldn’t understand it. He asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Peter was probably thinking, this is absurd. You are the Son of God. I should be washing your feet. John 13:7, “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” This scripture is a reminder, to trust God, even when you don’t understand what He’s doing. Why? Because God is always sure of Himself and He knows the plans He has for you! (See Jeremiah 29:11) If you read John 13:8, You’ll see that at one point, Peter told Jesus, no. “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus told Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” You see, Peter needed some understanding, in order to see what Jesus was doing. When he understood, his perspective changed. But what happens when Jesus doesn’t tell us why? What should we do when we don’t understand what God is doing? We should have the same mindset as Christ. After all, the Spirit of God lives in us. So, we should be sure of our God, sure of ourselves and sure of our purpose or what God is saying to us at that time. If we are sure of who God is, it leaves no room for anxiety, because our confidence is in Him. We know that all power is in His hands. If we are sure of who we are in Christ, then we know that His love completes us, and there’s no room for fear, because His Spirit lives in us and makes us powerful. We should be sure of our purpose, because knowing that will help us stay focused on our mission. If you’re not sure of your purpose, there’s hope, so don’t be discouraged. Seek God’s will and ask Him what is it that He requires of you in this season, and those things will lead you to your purpose. The bottom line is, stay focused on Christ, and don’t allow what you go through to get on the inside of you. For more insight, click the link below… https://www.amazon.com/dp/1976360064/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_5f7pBb5JJDT3H

God, I come to you on behalf of those who are exhausted. Those who’ve prayed and cried, worked and waited and still haven’t seen the results they’ve been praying for. I ask you to shift their hearts and minds on you, and not their problems. I ask you to give them your strength, your peace and your joy. May their hope be in you Lord, and not in the things they may think they lack. For your Word says, Those who who trust in you lack no good thing. Lord, reassure those who feel like they’re alone or that their life is at a stand still that, you are the God who goes before them and who are with them, and it is you who makes their paths straight. Give them the assurance that as long as they are looking to you first, and allowing you to guide them, then they are exactly where they’re supposed to be. Help them to recognize the purpose for which you’ve created them, and give them the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of how to use their gifts for your glory. Keep their minds stayed on you. Fill them with your Spirit. Increase their faith, and Father God, give them rest. For we know that you’ve equipped us with everything we need in life. Help them to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit when they want to tap out. Remind them that the real treasures are in Heaven and not the temporary pleasures of this world. I pray that you cover them with your blood. Strengthen them with your power. Calm them with your peace. Secure them with your love. Fill them with your Spirit & Complete them with your joy. In Jesus name. Amen. *** Check out my Podcast UPLIFT. It’s inspiration you can enjoy in the morning, on your way to work, while you’re out running errands, before you go to bed at night or anytime you need a spiritual vitamin! Click the link to subscribe. Thank you for your support! ❤️🙏🏾 https://anchor.fm/shubricca-bell

Too many people are waiting for a man/woman to save them… 🤨😒 When only Jesus has the power to save. Sorry to burst your bubble, but yeah… Fred can’t save you from your past. Lisa can’t save you from your present situation. Buddha can’t give you the peace that surpasses all understanding & Muhammad can’t get you into Heaven. John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If you’re looking to anything or anyone besides God for love, validation, deliverance, peace, joy or inner fulfillment, then you’re wasting your time; like a person who’s determined to find a treasure with their eyes closed and no direction… Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Whatever you seek, folks… it’s found in Christ. The Word of God has everything you need to get you through life. If your desire is love, why not go to God? He is the definition of love. He can teach you what real love is, how to love yourself, and how to love other people the right way without placing a false expectation on people or a person to be your knight in shining armor and save you from yourself or from your past. It’s a sad fact that many people are walking around with trust issues because they placed their faith in people… pastors, lovers, family, friends, famous people… and when those people’s skeletons fell out of their closets, people freaked out! They lost it, because truth is, they looked to these people in a way that they should’ve been looking to God. Stop looking to people. We’re all a mess in some way and only He who made us, knows what’s necessary to put us back together again. You don’t need to be a damsel in distress in order to find your king. You don’t need to be captain save a chick, in order to find your queen. If you’re looking for someone, look to the only Savior of the world. His name is Jesus. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

Acts 4:12 (CEV)

Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone. 

Some people don’t come to add to your peace, they come to disrupt it. You can be doing great in life, mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally but a moment of weakness can cause all hell to break loose, if you’re not on guard. Be careful, especially when you’re vulnerable, because if you listen to your feelings, you’ll fall for anything. You’ll have false expectations for an individual and the expectations are false because this person hasn’t given you any proof that they are who they say that they are. They haven’t earned your trust. All you know is that you were lonely, they were talking right, so you gave them a chance. Never mind the fact that they aren’t consistent and their words don’t match their actions. You decide to give them the benefit of the doubt because you’re tired of failed relationships and maybe, just maybe if you compromise more, you’ll land that husband or wife… Ahhh nah! Listen, you need boundaries. You need standards, and the two of you within the relationship should compromise. The compromise shouldn’t be one sided. You shouldn’t compromise your valuable time for a person who only wants to spend time with you when it’s convenient or beneficial to them. You shouldn’t compromise your self respect, faith, morals or self worth. You shouldn’t compromise yourself, and what I mean by that is, you shouldn’t have to change who you are in order to be accepted in another person’s eyes or to be loved. If they know who you are from the jump and decide to move forward into the relationship, they shouldn’t force you to change. Period. Look, if you don’t like something about someone, and you know it could cause issues if you pursue any type of relationship with them, don’t get involved with that person. You want to know why? Because, 🗣You can’t change them. Only God can change people, permanently! Not only that people are who they are, not your idea of who they should be, and definitely not the potential you think you see. Real love changes people without force. God don’t force anyone to change, His love changes us! So, why are you out here trying to change people? Meanwhile, it’s changing you for the worse! Hey, when it’s real, a person will change on their own because they want to be better. A better human being, a better spouse, a better parent, a better role model… just better in life! When it’s real, it comes naturally. You don’t have to force them to act right, spend time with you, get a job and keep a job, be more involved with the kids, or whatever the case may be. These people had parents. It’s not your job to raise a grown boy or girl into a grown man or woman. They are not your kids, and shouldn’t be your potential spouse if you have to mommy or daddy them. God gave all of us common sense. People play crazy more than they really are. They may act like they don’t know how to love you right or respect you, but I’m going to tell you something. If they don’t want you to do to them, what they do to you, then they’re not crazy, they’re selfish. They know what love should be, they’re just not willing to reciprocate it, for one reason or another. Sometimes, they can’t love you because they don’t love themselves. People can blame their past all they want to, but guess what? We are responsible for the present moment and our future. You can’t allow what happened to you, to stop you from living and receiving God’s best. Get out of your feelings! If you’re jacked up emotionally, you shouldn’t be trying to get involved in a relationship until you’ve healed from the pain of your past. If you’re not healed, you’re just going to leave the next person broken. Be careful about who you allow into your life, not everyone comes to add to your peace, some people come to disrupt it.

Don’t allow your current situation to cause you to become blind to the fact that God is still on the throne. He’s still gracious to you, He still loves you and He’s still providing for you. It doesn’t matter what you go through, His grace alone is enough to carry you through. You will get through this, just don’t get give up, and when you feel weak or weary, lean on Him for strength. Don’t glorify your problems, glorify your God! Praise your way through, even when you feel like screaming! Stay grateful, even when things aren’t going according to your plans. Know that God is in control and He doesn’t waste anything! He will use everything you’re going through and cause it to work for your good! 🙌🏾

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Prayer: God I’m tired. I’ve even gotten to the point to where I’m weary, but I won’t give up. Thank you for keeping my foot from slipping. I will keep my mind stayed on you, no matter what I go through. My hope is in you, and you alone. Protect my thoughts, guard my heart and revive my soul. In Jesus name. Amen.

Have you ever just wanted to get away? Too much was going on? You were dealing with this and that, oh yeah… and that other thing? You thought, that a change of scenery will change your life? The problem with running from your problems is that they’re not only a part of you, but they cause chaos to follow you. Running with too much baggage not only makes you look foolish, but it slows you down and causes you to fall. Your vision is blurred because your entire focus is on all the baggage you’re carrying around and the only thing you want to do more than anything, is to keep it together. You can’t keep it together by holding on though. Toss it at the alter of God and let go! 

There’s no such thing as leaving your problems behind you if those problems are a heart issue. Those problems won’t go away no matter how far you run until you deal with those matters of the heart by fully surrendering to God and allowing Him to heal you, and by you receiving His peace. That constant peace that’s in your heart no matter what you go through. The peace that transcends all understanding. Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our hearts and minds are connected. Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” This confirms that our thoughts comes from our heart, and we live accordingly. For instance: A kind hearted person doesn’t try to be kind, they just are. They have a mindset of kindness, everywhere they go. Kindness is their lifestyle. On the other hand, a person who harbors bitterness in their heart, also has bitter thoughts, and those negative emotions are a gateway for all other ungodly spirits to come in and wreak havoc on that person’s life. No matter how far the person tries to run away from their issues, those issues doesn’t leave because they’re apart of that individual. You see where I’m going here? A heart issue can start off as a small seed and it can grow into something huge! It’s up to us to keep the good seeds and toss the bad ones. The seeds you sow, not only affects your heart and mind, they affect your life and the lives of others around you. Remember Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” If you’ve been running from your problems but you seem to encounter the same issues everywhere you go, it’s time to do some soul searching and have a real come to Jesus moment. What are you holding onto, inside your heart that’s causing you to encounter the same problems? The same problems with your family? The same problems on every job you get? The same problems with your finances? The same health issues as a result of the stress from whatever that “thing” is you’re carrying around in your heart! Release it! In Jesus name! Right now! Stop taking negative energy with you everywhere you go! It’s time to spread some positive light that will change your life! In Jesus name. Amen. John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

When everything and everyone is getting on your nerves, do you know what that means? You need to take a break! Put down your phone, turn off the TV, go to your prayer closet, or anywhere that you can get to that’s quiet and pray. In this prayer, don’t talk… just listen. The reason that I said, don’t talk is because oftentimes when we are frustrated, it’s because we’re running low on the Spirit Of God, and like Erica Campbell said, “I need just a little more Jesus.” In these times we need the Lord to fill us with His Spirit until we’re in overflow. We need Him to pour in us until we’re empty of all distractions. Romans 8:26-27, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”Listen, we don’t always know what to pray, but as long as we can just get to a quiet place and listen for God’s voice, we’ll be okay. He already knows what’s on our heart without us uttering a word. We know that if we are frustrated, we can receive His peace, but what happens when the source of our frustrations are unknown to us? Then what? God doesn’t want us to receive His peace and five minutes later, become frustrated again. Therefore, it’s imperative that we listen for His voice, so that He can fix the root of the problem, give us direction and as much as His Spirit that we need.

Have you ever been tired… but didn’t know exactly what you were tired of? You were just… tired. Those feelings are stemmed from frustration. Frustration creeps it’s way in when we lose focus. When we lose focus we lack insight.

We all have our personal challenges, and life will most definitely throw obstacles our way, but what we choose to stay focused on determines whether we capitulate or conquer. It’s not easy to not see trouble, when trouble’s in your way. However, dwelling on trouble, leads to depression, anxiety and many other issues (mentally, physically and spiritually). So, worrying doesn’t do your situation any better, in fact, it makes it worse. Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” -Matthew 6:27

Listen, my dear friends, dwelling on what ails you, won’t change your situation. When you are faced with trouble, you can do one of three things. Accept it, change it, or leave it alone. If you can’t accept what you’re going through, change it, and if it’s impossible for you to change it, give it to God and leave it alone. Dwelling on the problem won’t fix it. So why pay it any attention? Do what you can do about it and trust God with what you can’t! It takes faith to do both! We have to get to the point as believers, that we’re like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Before being thrown into the fiery furnace said, If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”Daniel 3:17-18 No matter how heated things get, and no matter what we’re faced with, we need to have our minds fixed on Jesus! We need to know without a shadow of doubt that God is able. We need to stare hell in the face and say, My God is able, but if He doesn’t, we still won’t bend or fold. We won’t allow what we face, to cause us to turn away from our God!

He is bigger than life and all the things we go through in it! He never promised us an easy life, but He did promise to never leave us. He did promise us His Holy Spirit, and He did promise us His peace! He has given us Himself. In Him are all the tools we need to successfully navigate through life.

So, if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, try something different. Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on the power within you, the power of the true and living God, who has declared you “More than a conqueror through Christ (Romans 8:37).” You’re going to think about your troubles, there’s no doubt, but don’t dwell on them. After you think about them, pray for a solution and then go in faith and be at peace knowing that God is in control.

Oftentimes we think that letting go is more painful than holding on, but that’s not always the case. The thing about letting go and holding on, is to know when to let go and when to hold on. So, how does one know whether to leave or stay? Well, as far as letting go, there’s two signs. The first sign that it’s time to let go is when you have no peace with the situation you’re in, whether it’s a job, living arrangement or relationship etc…

If you’ve done all you can on your end to keep the situation peaceful, but you still can’t find peace… it’s time to go! If you don’t, that lack of peace turns into stress, and stress is linked to six leading causes of death! Listen, life happens! There will always be trials that you will face, so don’t run from your problems, however; if the job, relationship or situation you’re in is causing you to be depressed, frustrated, abused and misused… being in that environment is doing more harm than good and it’s time to let go!

The second sign that it’s time to let go is if there’s no common ground. If you can’t come together, it’s best not to be together. Any relationship requires teamwork. Jesus said in Mark 3:25, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”This analogy can be used in any situation, not just spiritual.

There are many other signs that it’s time to let go, but for the sake of time those are the main two. 1 Corinthians 7:15 (b), “God has called us to live in peace.” So, moving on, How do you know when to hold on? You know when to hold on when both parties involved are making a genuine effort to keep things together because it’s for the best. There are no hidden agendas as to why either of you should stay, and you’re doing it by choice and not by force.

If you’re holding on in order to benefit someone else, you won’t have peace in the matter and the person you’re trying to protect will end up getting hurt, because sooner or later the truth will come out. The second sign that you should hold on is if there’s healthy communication between you and the person or parties involved in your situation. Strong healthy communication is a necessity in any relationship or situation because it keeps everyone in the loop. It’s easier to gain an understanding and work through any issue if there’s good communication. You both know what each other want and it’s easier to find common ground.

So, there it is folks! If you have no peace, say peace! If the relationship or situation you’re in is worth working through, then hold on to it! The main takeaway here is don’t allow a relationship or situation to take anything priceless away from you! Not your peace, happiness, smile, faith, self worth or anything else you bring to the table… and if you have something that’s worth fighting for, fight with all your might!

Be blessed!