My prayer for you and me on this day and every day after, dear friends!
I’m so blessed and honored to be the Guest Speaker at The Watering Hole! Come join us!
I have been immersed in Zoom during this Covid season. Meetings, church services, ministry conferences, family time – all have been delegated to zoom or some type of video conferencing as we find ourselves separated due to this pandemic.
I have to admit, I am challenged by all of this. I find myself actually looking online about how to walk this technology road successfully.
In my search, I stumbled across a video I had done about 4 years ago. I don’t believe I ever posted it (due to my insecurity with technology). But, as I watched it, I felt the encouragement of the Lord to post it. I know that there is someone out there that needs this encouragement and truth today.
Thank You, Lord, for what YOU will do in and through this message!!
I don’t know if you are like me – but there are times looking back when I realize that I missed an opportunity to do a kind act. I might have thought, “It would be nice if I …” but, then somehow the moment passed and I didn’t follow through. Can anyone relate?
I have found that if I allow time to pass between the thought and follow through – there’s a good chance it won’t happen.
So! I am challenging myself and you to be quick in doing that kindness, in speaking an encouraging word, and in giving a helping hand.
“…do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Hebrews 13:16 NIV
“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.”
2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV
Your Sister in the Journey, Tina K. Roach
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalms 19:14 NASB
I have been thinking alot about my words lately. I have to admit that with everything that has been going on during the last 3 ½ months, sometimes my words may not be acceptable to the LORD. I have allowed words of negativity and complaining to flow from my mouth. Forgive me, LORD!
As I look at the meditation of my heart, I see the same problem. My words are connected to what I am thinking – to what is in my heart. God’s Word tells us that out of the heart the mouth speaks.
What words do we find ourselves speaking to others and even to ourselves? Are they words of life…words of encouragement? Or are they words of discouragement and discontent? What do we meditate on during the day? What do we allow our thoughts to dwell on?
LORD, may Your Holy Spirit help us to filter our words and our thoughts. May we lift up and encourage all who we come into contact with. May we take every thought captive and bring our thoughts into alignment with You and Your life-giving truth. May we be vessels of reconciliation and peace. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. AMEN!
~Tina K. Roach
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:11 ESV
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my soul does get “downcast.” Other words that describe this state are – dejected, sad, depressed, discouraged, and disappointed.
I think we all have those days. How do we rise above those feelings? How do we get our soul (mind, will, and emotions) to leave the position of being “cast down” to one of being “uplifted?”
Have you ever thought about speaking to your soul? This is what is happening in this passage of scripture. If you are someone who has ever engaged in “talking to yourself” – you now know that it is scriptural!! 😃
As we read this verse, we see that the solution to the soul’s downcast state is to hope in God, praise Him, and to remember who He is – our salvation and God!
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves (speak to our souls) of God’s goodness and how we should respond to Him. As we move our attention from ourselves to God Almighty, our feelings of depression and discouragement begin to fall away.
Oh my soul, why are you discouraged? Jesus is my salvation and Lord! The Lord loves me. He is faithful, strong, and true! He is my Rock and my Redeemer! Oh my soul, why are you cast down within me? By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me! Oh my soul! Hope in God! Even in my discouragement, yet will I praise Him!
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God… Psalm 42:1-2
We need to watch our words! We need to pay attention to what words flow from our mouths. Do we find ourselves criticizing our pastors; our Brothers & Sisters; our families? Do we complain about what is going on around us – but do nothing?
Oh Beloved of God! You have the power of God within you!! What words of power are you speaking? Are you speaking Death or are you speaking Life?
Others will know what is in our heart by what words we speak! May we let the Holy Spirit be our “Heart Monitor.” May He show us what words need to be removed and what words need to be spoken!
May our hearts and words be in alignment with the Spirit of Almighty God!
“…the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” Matthew 12:34
Help me, Lord, to speak words of life; words of truth; words of faith; words of hope and words of love!