Monday Meditation

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Gal. 1:10 (NIV) During life’s journey we all have to come to the realization that we are not here to satisfy others, but rather fulfill the call of God on our life. It is hard to stay focused on your assignment from God if you are constantly trying to please people. You can’t fulfill your greatest potential in Christ being a people pleaser. When your path is determined by what people want you to do or what they think of you, you can easily get distracted. When your mood, actions and goals fluctuate based on how others feel about you, you can become stagnant. If you try to live up to someone else’s standards, you can neglect your true calling.

When your identity is wrapped up in God and who He says you are, you will not be swayed by the opinions of others. Stay the course and don’t be derailed by the distractions of individuals who are not privy to God’s plans for you. Live for an audience of one and seek to do His will, rather than bend your will to the fancies of the world. You feel different because you are different, and there is a path uniquely designed for you. Seek God’s face and when He speaks follow His instructions. Stay encouraged and remember you are set apart for a purpose. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil. 4:12-13 (NIV) In this text, Paul expresses that his source of power, effectiveness, and sustainability was all due to God. While the gifts from others often supported his ministry, Paul was certain that his ability and capability was due to God and God alone. He knew what it was like to suffer and go without, but even in these moments God was ever-present, giving him the resources and vigor to keep going. As we meditate on the verse of the week, remember that no matter what you are going through God will provide you with all that you need to thrive physically, spiritually, and emotionally. God is Jehovah Jireh, our provider. He is our ultimate source of all resources. Whatever you are in need of today, rest in the assurance that God will sustain you. In this you can be confident and content. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

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. 2 Cor. 12:9 (NIV) There will be times in our life when we may feel like we are running on empty, especially in times of great sorrow or difficulty. Sometimes we run to the wrong sources for help, then get disappointed when they can’t fulfill our needs. Try turning to God first, seek His face for all that you desire and receive His divine assistance. In your weakest moments, God is ever-present. When challenges beyond your control seem to overwhelm you, stop and ask God to give you strength to carry on. He will give you the power to press forward. If you are going through a rocky season, be encouraged and know that God will uphold you. He won’t let you succumb to the weight of your problems. Be encouraged, He will keep you with His loving mercy, healing grace and providential care. He is El Shaddai, God Almighty! Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

Avoid the Pitfall of Anger

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecc. 7:9 (NIV) It is very important to be cautious of the pitfall of anger. We are all human and anger is a normal emotion. However, you have to control anger, rather than allow it to control you. Never let your anger cause you to act in a way that is harmful to yourself or others. Being angry is never an excuse to abuse others with your words or actions. Be mindful of your emotional triggers. When you are aware of who or what usually provokes you to anger, you can develop a plan to respond differently. Abandon all foolish responses and practice self-discipline to manage your emotions appropriately. As we meditate on the verse of the week, consider all that easily provokes you and make a conscious effort to control your emotions. May the discernment and wisdom of the Holy Spirit guide you today and always. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV) The Lord sustains you and supplies all of your needs. If you’re in the valley, He is with you. He will uplift you and encourage your heart. If you’re on the mountain top, He is with you. Wherever you are the Lord’s providential care is ever-present. He is the great shepherd who attends to His flock with love and compassion. He nurtures you with tender loving care. He guides and directs your path according to His will and purpose. No matter what comes your way, the Lord is a shield around you. When you go through challenging times do not fret, the good shepherd watches over you. As you meditate on the verse of the week find comfort in knowing the Lord cares about you and everything that concerns you. He knows everything that weighs heavy on your heart, surrender it all to him. He will not leave you in despair. His love for you covers you like a blanket day and night. Rest in His loving arms and live with confidence that the Lord is taking care of you, today and always. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:6-7 (NIV) Sometimes when we hear things it can disturb our spirit. Trust that God will keep you steady and not allow you to be shaken. Whatever the news is believe that God knew what was coming before it arrived to you. He has prepared you to be able to withstand anything that comes your way. He will uphold you in spite of any report you receive. Always remember you have a safety net, God’s loving arms. So, whatever you are facing today, remember God is with you. He remembers you and HIs promises towards you. There is nothing that you will encounter that He cannot carry you through. As we meditate on the verse of the week, know that God will keep you when you receive bad news. It may shock you, but it won’t rock you. Trust God with unwavering faith. He is with you. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

My Fortress

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16 (NIV) Every day is a gift from God. As we rise each day remember God loves you. It is His love that gives us strength to keep going. His love helps us in the times of trouble and delivers us from all harm. Declare today that you are loved, kept and covered by God. Now walk in confidence knowing that no matter what comes your way this week you can make it, because God cares for you. You are not alone and when you feel as though no one loves you, remember God loves you more than you can ever imagine. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26 (NIV) As believers we should try to reflect God’s love always, especially in our dialogue. Every time we open our mouth, we should be aware of how we speak to and about others. When we interact with others it is an opportunity to build up or tear down and a chance to encourage or discourage. Even in our anger we must be careful of what we say and how we say it. Be mindful of the type of conversations we choose to entertain. Don’t allow yourself to be baited by the enemy to say something that you can’t take back. What we say is a manifestation of what is in our heart. If your words don’t resemble the love of God, it’s time to do a heart check. Surrender your heart to God completely and allow Him to uplift others through you. Make a conscious decision to speak life and love to anyone who comes across your path. As we meditate on the verse of the week, seek God’s face to help you control your tongue and be a true witness of God’s grace. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon

Monday Meditation

This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Hab. 2:3 (NLT) God has a plan and purpose for your life. Ask God to give your clarity. He will not leave you in the dark regarding His plans for you. He will lead you step by step to the designated place preordained for you. Resist the temptation to move in haste due to impatience. Don’t allow the time of waiting make you doubt the vision God gave you. Avoid the pitfall of discouragement that may try to bait you to throw in the towel. Even in moments of disappointment maintain a steady pace. When you’re getting closer to your goal or purpose often all havoc breaks loose in your life. That is a distraction intended to slow you down or stop you in your tracks. Too often we quit right before we get our breakthrough. Don’t give up before it comes to pass. Keep the faith, your appointed time is inevitable if you just stay the course. What you are called to do is not just about you, but all those who will be blessed by what God has put in you. Stay committed, don’t let anything put your fire out and keep pressing forward. Let’s go and grow together. ADaubon