Sometimes it was hard for me to accept my introversion as apart of my life. We often look around and see what is happening around us and wonder where are we in the midst of it all. After all most introverted people are observers. As we go about each day we often notice things that others may notice, but may not pay as much attention to. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider about introversion.
1) Introverted people enjoy the company of others, but need time to refill and replenish. There’s no truth to the perception that all introverts want to always be alone and never around others to socialize and communicate.
2) Reserved individuals want to connect, but on a deeper level. Some introverts may feel like loners and outsiders because they are not connecting with others on a deeper and meaningful level. Even when we as the introverted don’t always have this in our lives, we must be appreciative of the deeper level connection when it does happen and take full advantage of it.
3) Introverts are not always quiet when they are around those they are familiar with and feel most comfortable and free around. You may just be surprised to learn what’s really in an introvert .
4) What appears to be reticent may just need one on one connection. Smaller groups and one on one connection is often enjoyed in introversion.
5) Introversion is not a bad or negative personality, it actually has its goodness and splendor of its own. Differences are unique which make them something worth to explore or consider.
What lessons have you learned through and/or about introversion?
Every person wants to have a certain level of being accepted and chosen at some point. Maybe you have a heart desire, dream and vision. Things may seem like a HUGE X everywhere you go and look. Well guess what? There’s an acceptance and chosen place for you! No matter how much others may dismiss you or not see/embrace the potential and jewels inside of you. Below are some highlighted points on being accepted and chosen in Christ.
1) God gave His ONLY Son for you! God accepts you and wants you so much that He gave up something so precious and greater than us so that we can have everlasting life.(John 3:16)
2) Our Heavenly Father will never cast us out when we come to Him and we will receive all that He gives us. This is great news that in Christ we are never casted out, thrown out and pushed aside. All the Father gives, we are guaranteed to receive! (John 6: 37)
3) Blessed with all spiritual blessings! God has given us spiritual blessings in heavenly places. This shows just how much we are chosen in Christ. (Ephesians 1: 3-4)
4) We are a peculiar people. As children of God we are so special in Him and belong completely to Him. There’s nothing better than that!
Have you ever felt a strong urge and pull to try just again? Where you ever in a place with something wonderful you wanted to get away from cause of setbacks, but that something won’t let you go? Resilience is something we all need to develop in our lives. So many things happen in our lives, but we have the choice to not let it block us or to let it block us. Which one will you choose? Below are some highlighted points to consider on resilience.
1) Our recovery process starts with a change of false and negative beliefs. Throw out the junk and accept the valuable treasure.
2) Each day is a chance to make progress no matter what the day may present. Use difficult days as a stepping stone to something greater ahead.
3) See where you can walk in resilience in the little things that will grow when you face greater challenges ahead. This could simply mean doing an activity or task again that didn’t work the first time. Maybe it could be not letting a sad or bad moment stop you from enjoying yourself.
4) Every good and positive direction can lead to resilience. See many opportunities for resiliency rather than just one attempt.
5) Your story don’t end with you, you develop more as others share in resiliency. There are others out there that are apart of the movement of recovery from hardships.
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Prayer is a spiritual discipline that all believers and Christ followers must exercise and operate in. There are many kinds of prayers including warfare, declaration, intercession, confession, and thanksgiving. There are various lessons and instructions in the bible teaching us how to pray.
We must keep our connection with God and one of the most effective ways of doing so is through talking with Him and sitting to listen to what He is saying to us. Interceding on behalf of others is something that needs to be a priority in our lives and it must become a godly habit to look out for the next person. Below are some highlighted lessons from prayer to consider.
1) Passionate prayers from the righteous are of great advantage(James 5:16). Do you take pleasure in talking to the Lord? Are you enthusiastic about coming before the Lord in prayer? It’s not about what we show outwardly, but more with what’s truly taking place inwardly.
2) To obtain the mercy and grace we need, we must come boldly before God(Hebrews 4:16). Boldness displays our courage and confidence in God. When we come boldly before God we step up in the midst of whatever is going on and believe in God to do what He promised He will do.
3) We must make every effort to get our heart right with God. There are hindrances that become road blocks in our prayer life and become barriers from us seeing the manifestation of what God desires to manifest amongst His creation. Any sin, holding on to offense, disobedience and nursing of wounds(instead of allowing God’s healing to flow) can cause delays and interruptions along the way.
4) Praying God’s will which is in His word will accomplish much(Isaiah 55: 11). Nothing beats praying the will of God. During our prayer time we must get rid of or throw out any unscriptural opinions or ungodly requests.
5) Be specific in your requests, expressions and petitions. It’s ok to tell God exactly what’s on your heart and mind. Yes, He already knows, but He wants us to give Him our all and that includes our cares and concerns.
How has the power of prayer impacted your life? What are some lessons that you have learned through praying?
The book of Joshua is an example of how God will take those that follow His lead from a place of famine and desert to the place He has promised. There are major themes throughout the book of Joshua including the Israelites preparing for battle, the spies in the land of Canaan and Rehab’s promise, the Israelites crossing the River of Jordan and the Israelites gaining territory of Jericho. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider from the book of Joshua.
1) When God gives us a promise there will be obstacles and difficulties that stand in the way. Opposing forces are a part of the process to reach where God is taking you and what He has for you. There’s no way around it or no other way that will keep you from opposition.
2) God can use anyone or anything He chooses. Rehab in the bible was a prostitute who helped the Israelites conqueror the land of Canaan. Whoever or whatever God uses to help bring you to destiny may not always be the ideal.
3) Praise brings the walls down. There’s something that troubles the enemy when we praise in the midst of battle. The walls that block us from reaching our Jericho must come down with continuous praise.
4) Even after we have made mistakes, been through a lot of pain and find ourselves in a broken place, God can provide for us a place of restoration and healing. In Joshua chapter 20, it mentions The Cities of Refuge. That was a place where people who accidently or unintentionally murdered someone could find shelter and refuge.
5) The pain in the process is vital to bring about the divine outcome. We need the pain. No pain, no healing. When there’s no pain, there’s no overcoming and no testimony.
Fear comes to everyone. We live in a fallen world. There’s not one that has never been afraid. Many times we fear when we feel that we are not in control of the situation or circumstance we are in.
There are some that fear the unknown(to them) and especially when they are not sure how something will turn out or what will happen.
What do we fear? In this world today there are many fears that many have. Some fears are job loss, lack of finances, failure, rejection, people and even death to name just a few. Satan who is the author of fear brings it to cripple us and torment our minds. We can choose to give in to fears or we can choose to overcome them in faith. Below are some points to consider on faith in the midst of fear.
1) Just a little faith you need to make it through. In Matthew 17: 20 it tells us we just need a mustard seed faith to move mountains and that nothing will be impossible.
2) When our eyes are on Jesus we can do what we cannot do in our own strength. Peter in the bible was able to walk on water when he kept his eyes on Jesus. As soon he put his eyes on the stormy sea he began to sink.
3) There’s a calmness that comes when we have faith in God who controls everything. We can be in a ragging storm yet be at peace when our faith rises above our fears.