Talk To Me…

Greetings All,

Let’s get started. Talk to me…

What is that something or someone that is keeping you from being the best you? If you are saved, what is that one thing that is a stumbling block, weight, or even sin in your life that continues to raise its ugly little head every now and then, especially when you believe that you have surrendered it to God? Honestly, talk to me.

25 thoughts on “Talk To Me…

  1. Time management seems to be an issue for me. Feeling overwhelmed with working full time, wearing several hats at church, holding several positions in Sorority. Along with being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

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    1. Thank you for sharing Love. Life can be overwhelming, and the everyday obstacles can contribute to the feeling. I dare not minimize your feelings because they are real to you. I do want you to accept how you feel and pray for the mindset and believe that you are an over-comer and victorious. Yes, some days can be more of a whirlwind than others, and yes, obstacles can come like a flood, but I declare you will not drown. Prayer and faith are our life-jackets.

      I used to suffer from extreme anxiety, I would easily become overwhelmed and when things did not go according to plan, my mind would immediately go down that path. Now, my default is to expect my mind to go there, so then I get ready to arrest the thoughts and bring them into captivity. I am reminded, 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

      I had to come to the point that I would no longer be a slave to anxious feelings. I accept that I am an anxious person and to cast my cares/anxiety onto the Lord. I literally tell myself, “Self, ok… here it comes, Lord, I am going to trust you with this, I will not be anxious, come what may.” Then I either accept that I can handle the obstacle or accept that it is too much for me to handle alone. I then seek help in the matter and /or call on my prayer partners. Sometimes the biggest victories come from admitting that you need a ‘walk along’, that is someone to come along beside you to encourage you in life. Someone that will speak life through God’s word and prayer. You are not alone, life IS overwhelming, even if some of the causes are self-inflicted, because of God’s grace, we still can have peace in the midst. Email me @ ThykingdomcomeM1@gmail.com if you need to talk off-line. Trust me, you are not alone. We are more than conquerors in Christ. Romans 8:37

      The journey flows…
      Zephany

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  2. Thank you, Jennifer for sharing. I can relate to your list. Time management can be tricky. Many times we assign ourselves too many tasks in one day. Although there are 24 hours in one day, they are not all designed to complete a ‘mile’ long too do list. When we over-plan to the point of having many uncompleted tasks, it can leave us feeling overwhelmed and defeated.

    May, I recommend a change in not assigning yourself too many tasks in one day. Secondly, give yourself a pass (grace), when there are unfinished tasks, understanding that some things will not get done. Thirdly, remember that God is Commander and Chief of your day. He controls the list and sometime interjects interference. Start each day with the idea of flexibility by giving your day over to God to govern as He sees best.

    I start my day out surrendering it to God with the expectation to not complete everything on my list. I already understand that my service and devotion to the Gospel is going to take me places that my list do not reflect. When I look back over my day and take inventory on the things that I have done that added to the Kingdom, I am satisfied with the things that didn’t get done. I believe tomorrow (Lord willing) will be another day’s journey.

    22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

    The journey flows…
    Zephany

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  3. Time management and distractions are challenges for me. I will do well for a season and get off track. Prayers for focus and consistency are requested.

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    1. Heavenly Father help Kimberly with time and management . I pray that she realizes that she can become an even greater steward of your resource of time. Help her to rejoice for the seasons that she is on track and rejoice even for the times when she is off track. I thank you that those times that she is off track regenerates her for greater perseverance and build character. Help her to recognize those areas in her life that she is focused and consistent, and use those areas to encourage her and be an example of what she can do and accomplish in and through you. We thank you God for her increased focus and her increased level of consistency, especially in those areas she desires. Thank you for pruning, and molding Kim. Keep her on the potter’s wheel and we thank you for your guiding hands. In Jesus’ mighty, majestic, name I pray. Amen!!

      The journey flows…

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  4. Good Morning, I just read the concerns and the answers. I have some of the same issues: Time and Cares. Thank you for the perspective on time. We can’t do everything in one day. We are learning to cast our cares
    on the Lord. Truly He cares and can handle it. You know I am not tech savvy. This is a Great teaching tool
    Our Lord uses all things for His GLORY.
    Love you much

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    1. Hello Glory,
      Indeed the Lord uses everything in our lives to mold us and shape us to reflect His indwelling presence. I had an opportunity today to retaliate. I had planned my strategy. I had been unappreciated… clearly unappreciated repeatedly. I had enough! I knew that this person would need my assistance again and would show no gratitude. It was a pattern of hers. When the opportunity came for me to pass on the opportunity to assist, the quiet gentle voice of the Holy Spirit whispered “Now give her service and assistance. I said, “Huh?” There was silence and unrest in my spirit. I responded with obedience. As soon as I yielded to the Holy Spirit, it was like a heaviness dissipated and a flood of peace came over me and those cares and attitude of “Not TODAY,” was replaced with joy, love, and gentleness, not to mention sweet flowing fellowship with God. The static was gone.

      “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”
      John 14:23-24.

      After, I read your post about cares of this world, it reminded me of my day. I pray my reflection blessed someone. Just another days journey; I praise a God for victory. It would appear that I lost and she won, but anytime we humble ourselves instead of being prideful, God wins… we win!

      The journey flows,
      Zephany

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  5. My one thing is anger. I am easily angered and irritated with my husband. But God has been helping me more and more each day. This is funny how this comes across at this time in my life, yesterday morning on our way to church service we were talking about this very thing and I told him that I’m easily upset with him about many petty things because of my expectations of him. The Lord showed me a while back that my expectations are not the standard or bar for him to live up to. I need to see him for who he is and drop the expectation. He is being who God has called and made him to be and I need to accept that. So what I have been intentionally practicing since then is to catch myself and have self talk about the situation when I see it approaching. Of course I have failed many times but His grace is sufficient and I’m still being transformed in this area. I can look back and see the growth but if this is something that keeps me knowing my need for Christ then the battle is worth it. It actually keeps me humble but I don’t want to stay this way.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your heart and your challenge. Anger can be such a debilitating emotion. It has two heads; it hurts the intended and the intendee. I’ll explain… In your case, your husband is the intended. You are intending your anger toward him, therefore your anger hurts him based on your response toward him because you feel angry. The intendee is you, you are the one holding the anger with the intent to show your discontent, therefore you hurt from your anger. You don’t want to hurt him so you grieve because of your anger, even if you never tell him or even respond in anger, you still grieve from it. Hence, anger is debilitating. You can’t win with the two headed emotion. Similarly, unforgiveness hurts with a double edge as well.
      Anger is not a bad emotion, it has its place on the journey, but what we do with it is the problem and also the root of it can be the problem.
      When anger causes us to lash out or behave out of character, it leads to sin. Plus most of the time when we are angry it stems from a form of either pride or self-centeredness. When we walk in humility habitually, anger will most likely not raise its head and cause pain.
      I commend you on your self examination and penance.

      “ 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27

      Finally, rejoice in your growth and apply grace and forgiveness to yourself. It’s a long journey sis!
      The Journey flows…
      Zephany

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      1. Oh wow! Thank you! Yes pride and self centeredness are 10/10 when I take the time to evaluate the situation. I am learning to forgive myself and be more gracious to my husband. This is truly a journey worth traveling on.

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  6. Hi Zephany,

    I struggle with fear. The fear of failure. The fear of not being who God created me to be. This has been a constant battle for years. I try to encourage myself and I feel like I’ve overcome that area, but then when it comes time for me to act, and I freeze up.

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    1. Let’s talk about that fear. I understand and not only sympathize but I empathize. When I experienced anxiety, fear accompanied it. I am not sure which came first. The pattern of my dual emotion had begun to slow up progression in my life. Whenever and whatever I desired to accomplish anxiety and fear would flood as if they had an open invitation to accompany in my endeavors. It took decades for me to realize that I didn’t overcome fear, I learned to overcome having lack of faith. I still have fears. In fact I expect it, but when it arrives, I say, “Come on in Fear, I would like you to meet faith. Every time you show up in my life, Faith has the authority to come in as well and dominate my thoughts and trust. Fear, if you decide to hang around, I will not be paying you too much attention. Faith and I will be reciting Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all of thine hear and lean not to thine own understanding and always acknowledge Him and He will direct our path and Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” Faith and I will be praying, praising and worshiping together. In fact, I plan to connect more with faith than fear. So fear, you can leave at any time, but if you decide to stay, just know that I will have to dismiss you when you become to loud. So sweetness, no more struggling with fear, just contend with faith. The byproduct of faith is calmness and peace. The journey flows…

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