Living Past Your Mistakes

Living Past Your Mistakes

LIVING PAST YOUR MISTAKES

Today, I want you to know that you can live past your Mistakes. Don’t allow your Past to Hold you hostage and hinder you from achieving your dream or pursuing your passion. Its Time to live Beyond your mistakes and be everything that you were created to be. Determine in your spirit that I will not short change myself and experience LESS; when I was created for MORE.

Your Mistakes should accelerate you into your destiny and NOT hold you back.

YOU ARE GREATER THAN YOUR MISTAKE. 

COOKIES GONE WRONG – LIVING PAST YOUR MISTAKES – DEVOTION

Most people, who know me, know that I love and enjoy baking. So, this month I have been baking for daily prayer meetings at my church. It so happened that yesterday, I simply messed up. I put an ingredient that wasn’t part of the recipe to substitute an ingredient I didn’t have. The scones tasted horrible least to say. I remember feeling a little downcast as to how I could have made such a mistake. Pretty much no one managed eat them (one bite was enough) because they were that bad…lol. Me being me, I resolved in my heart not bake for a bit (taking a break- I called it) until I could courage up and bake again.

Isn’t it sad how a small mishap can cause us to give up on what we truly love to do? God used this experience to teach me something important- He said that, “in life you are not always going to be perfect. You will make some mistakes – lots of them. But making mistakes shouldn’t define who you are but challenge you to do better if not learn something from it”.

YOU ARE GREATER THAN YOUR MISTAKES. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR MISTAKES TO HOLD YOU HOSTAGE. LEARN FROM THEM, MOVE FORWARD AND DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

Mistakes sometimes just remind us that we are human (we aren’t perfect) BUT we need GOD (whose perfect) to complete us.  Dear friends, please don’t allow your mistakes to create mountains out of a small stone that you can simply kick to the side and keep moving. Even if the world, your friends, your family, your co-workers…etc fail to accept your mistakes – We serve a God who loves us beyond our mistakes and through His Love for us we become better and more like him. May this be an encouragement to you – Don’t give up on a dream, a passion, a vision simply because of one or two mistakes.

MISTAKES HAPPEN, BUT THEY SHOULDN’T DEFINE YOU AS A PERSON OR DICTATE YOUR LIFE. 

Am I still going to bake? Yes I certainly am

Am I afraid? – Yes I am – But I will bake anyway. Even If I make more mistakes- eventually I will get it right.

Take a moment to revisit the areas in your life where the enemy has lied to you. Told you -you were a failure – that you should just give up – that you should just take a break. Whatever the lie the enemy has told you – It has no power over you unless if you allow it to. I encourage you to stand up for yourself and fight for your dream, passion, whatever it maybe – Do whatever it takes to do what you love with out fear. I believe you can do it – Do you believe?

I pray this encouraged someone today 🙂

Today’s Declarations:

  1. I refuse to be held hostage by my past mistakes
  2. I refuse to be a prisoner of unrealistic perfectionism
  3. I choose to accept Me for Me and love myself
  4. I choose to fight for what’s important to me
  5. I choose to fight for my dream, my vision, my passion – to fight for what I love against all odds.

Devotion Prayer:

Lord I thank you for this loved one who’s reading this devotion. I pray that you give them the courage to keep on keeping on even when they have made a mistake or failed at something. Help them to realize that their mistakes don’t define them. I pray that you give them their bounce back and the confidence back. Lord I pray you help them to look to you always and remember that  they are “More Than Conquerors” and that “They Can Do Anything Through CHRIST who gives them strength” – In Jesus name, I Pray – AMEN

Be Blessed and Stay Encouraged!

-Lady Rue J. aka Ruvimbo Judith

“Let Your Light Shine”

 

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When God Singles You Out

When God Singles You Out

SINGLED-OUT ON PURPOSE

I remember, growing up as a child – I was always the unlucky one – well so I thought. Especially at school – I was that kid that always got caught on the wrong side of things. It didn’t matter how many other kids were also doing wrong – for some reason I would always be the one who got singled out. The entire class could be making noise but I seemed to always be the one that the teacher would single out. Or maybe a group of us could be late from coming back from lunch break – and again I would be the only one to get singled out. Excuse you what about everyone else who came in late – did you not just see them. Why am I being the only person who is being singled out; why am I being the only one being punished. I never understood why this always happened until now when the Lord opened my eyes to see what was actually happening. God said the reason why you were being singled out wasn’t because your teachers didn’t like you – No in fact they loved you – Loved you so much they singled you out not to shame you but to help shape your character to align with the leader they saw you to be. The potential they saw in you was what caused them to Single you out.

And Guess what? – God also does that with you and I – He will purposely single you out to bring the best out of you. Friend, there will be times when God will Single You Out for your benefit and His Glory. However uncomfortable or difficult -It’s necessary .

Being singled out is not the easiest thing to embrace. But God reminded me that He singles out those that He loves. The purpose of singling you out is not meant to break you, but rather to prevent you from further self-distraction. I have had times when I will  go to the Lord in prayer complaining about so and so – complaining about how they did me wrong. And instead of God backing me up and cheering me on in my sulking and complaining attitude – He instructs me to go make things right by apologizing. “URRRH God; did I not mention I am the one who was wronged here and not the other way around.  I am supposed to be the one receiving the apology “. But God response remains the same “Go make things right”. I never understood this kind of instruction. Sometimes I would cry back to the Lord that I be the one on the receiving end of an apology- “Lord for once can’t he/she come and apologize this time around. Lord you know they are at fault – so why am I the one going to make peace” – You know what I am talking about right?

In cases like this when God Singled me out and called me out to go apologize even though I wasn’t at fault or not entirely at fault – He reminded me –  Because you are my Light – Because I have chosen you and set you apart you – You will do what is right by Me. I see the bigger picture – will you let go of your ego and follow through.

Whenever God singles me out I am encouraged and reminded that I am supposed to shine His Light at all times. When people see me they are supposed to see His Image in me. So if my behavior is not reflecting His light – He singles me out. It doesn’t matter if everyone else around speaks unbecomingly, behaves crazy, responds rudely, have no regard for authority or others– Because He expects more out of me, He singles me out.

The bibles says in

Hebrews 12:6 (NLT)

“6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

When God singles you out – its because He loves you. From the above scripture it is evident that when God is disciplining or singling you out – His doing it for your best – Training you to live God’s holy best. At the time being singled out, being disciplined isn’t much fun. However, later of course, it pays off bountifully, for it is the well-trained who find themselves mature in character and their relationship with God. God improves our character every time He disciplines us. Let’s face it; admitting that you were wrong to someone is not easy, apologizing to someone is not easy (especially if you don’t think you are wrong), being the bigger person can be quite the challenge – But when we heed to God’s correction and do as He instructs we will reap the reward sooner or later. God is continually working in us so that we can be Holy like He is. So today embrace God’s discipline and when He singles you out know that his simply shaping the right character in you and molding you to be more and more like Him.

Maybe God has been singling you out:

  • At your workplace – how you relate or speak to your co-workers or boss,
  • In your marriage –how you respond or treat your spouse,
  • With your Friends – how you are always right and it’s all about you;
  • On Social Media – what you post – does it reflect the Christ in you?
  • The TV shows you watch;
  • The Jokes you entertain and laugh at and so on.

Do not be dismayed – If He is correcting you through conviction- it’s because He loves you. As the sons and daughters of God we are held up at a higher standard in all we do. What may be a free pass to some may be a NO NO to you.

I encourage you to hold with high regard your interactions, your actions, your attitude, your daily living..etc For you are the IMAGE of God on earth. Embrace his discipline and correction – You have been singled-out on  purpose; for a purpose.

This week challenge:

  1. Take heed to God’s correction, rebuke or instruction (If GOD has so long ago told you to make things right with a friend, a sibling, a parent, a spouse, a co-worker , the lady at the grocery store.. you name it – Take it upon you to go and make it right. You will be amazed at how a sincere apology goes a long way and softens even the hardest of hearts)
  2. Do what is right according to God’s standard – WWJD
  3. Let your light shine brighter and brighter everyday

Remember:

YOU HAVE BEEN SINGLED-OUT ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE

Be blessed and be encouraged 🙂

~Lady Rue J. aka Ruvimbo Judith

“Let Your Light Shine”

Location Matters

devotion - Location Matters

Acts 2:1 – When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

Location Matters

The apostles, disciples and saints were told to remain in Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Spirit. It was those who remained in Jerusalem that received POWER through the baptism of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost.

Today I want to encourage you to be positioned where God needs you to be. Location and timing is everything to God. If you are where God says you should be you will experience abundance of joy, peace and blessings. The job that you have, the city you live in, the church you go to, the places you go to – ARE they ordered by God?

Psalm 37:23 (KJV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way

In order to experience God’s best for you – you have to be located where God has prepared his Blessing for you. Take time today to ask “God am I located where you want me to be”, “Am located where your Blessing is”, “Am I Located to experience the Abundant Life you have ordained for me”.

Right Location – Right Opportunities – Many Possibilities. Today be where God wants you to be not where you feel you should be. Holy Spirit is our daily campus, Be sensitive to his promptings and leading and be located for your blessing.

Be Blessed and Stay Encouraged

-Lady Rue J. aka Ruvimbo Judith

“Let Your Light Shine”

Trusting God With Everything

Trusting God With Everything

TRUSTING GOD WITH EVERYTHING

Sometimes in life things may go in a totally different direction than anticipated. A child might suddenly get sick, You might suddenly lose your job or a promotion you were believing for. Or maybe you may start experiencing some rocky turbulence in your relationships, finances, education, health, ministry – Today I want to encourage you to trust God with everything.

Daniel 6:19-23

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den.20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.

What is impossible with man, with God it is possible. All we have to do is continue to trust in Him. Like Daniel you might be facing  life threatening Lions – All hell seems to be breaking lose – But be encouraged– that God protects His own. He will shut the mouths of the Lions that you are facing. All you have to do is trust in Him.

In the midst of danger, Daniel never stopped trusting God. And because he trusted in God, Daniel’s life was spared from the hungry Lions.

I don’t know what hungry lions you are facing today but be rest assured that they will not kill you. You may be facing sickness, job loss, financial hardships, children gone wild, marriage gone wrong, mental distress, infertility, hopelessness, nothing seems to be working for you –Whatever the case maybe; Hold on to your faith and trust in God. He has promised us in His word that he will never leave us nor forsake us.

Daniel could have grumbled to God – He could have said something like – “After all I have done for you. After all  the time I have spent praying to you, Lord I even prayed 3 times a day Lord-did you not see or hear me – WHY LORD, WHY ME? See Lord, now they are throwing me into the Lion’s Den full of hungry lions – Lord no one has ever made it out alive there…

Daniel could have said all these things – like most of us would or are probably are already grumbling about – BUT , NO Daniel DID NOT complain not even one bit. His Faith and Trust STAYED on the Lord. He wasn’t moved by the unfriendly change of events, NO. He continued in an attitude of Worship, Thanksgiving, prayer and trust in the Lord. And Because He trusted in the Lord, The Lord NEVER forsake Him.

“….And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God” – Daniel 6:23b

Be encouraged to have an unwavering faith and trust attitude that says “Even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil – for Lord God you are with me”.

The bible says  “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” – Psalm 9:10 (KJV)

Friend, though you maybe in a Lion’s den situation, continue to seek the Lord in prayer having total trust and reliance in His Faithfulness. If God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the Lions and kept Daniel safe in the Lion’s den –Nothing can stop Him from doing the same for you today – JUST TRUST IN HIM. He will preserve your life too. He is turning your situation around for you – Keep Trusting.

God is saying to us today, like he spoke to Joshua:

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

PRAYER:

Lord thank you for reminding us to always trust in you. Help us to continually trust you even in the most frightening and disheartening situations. Father we trust you and surrender all to you. Thank you Father for you have never forsaken those who seek you. We love you Abba, Father. Your name be Glorified. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Be Blessed and Stay Encouraged

worship-lyric-projection-Lady Rue J. aka Ruvimbo Judith

“Let Your Light Shine”