Maximize Your Morning Summer Challenge!

I, for one, don’t want to lose sight of what’s important this summer.  With the kids out of school, weekly trips to the zoo, laying around the pool, BBQ dinners, hot weather that just zaps all your strength, I can easily lose sight of God and my time with Him.  I’ll be the first to admit that though during the school year I will do daily morning devotionals with the kids, during the last summer vacation I didn’t even open a devotional with them!

That is why I’m so excited about the new 13-week challenge by the HelloMornings group!  The challenge is all about maximizing your mornings, via online accountability groups.  Maximizing your mornings is the idea that as a Christian woman, wife, mom, you are waking up early and “maximizing” (using to it’s full potential, making the most out of, etc.) your mornings!  Spend time with God, study your Bible, exercise, drink water, pray, do what you can to start your day at it’s most fullest potential possible!

The 13-week challenge starts May 6th and runs through August 2nd and registration is open through May 3rd!  Today is the first day of registration!  I’m so excited for all the ladies who are already signing up as you read this now.  I mean you can head over RIGHT NOW and register and sign up with a group today!  East Coast? West Coast? Those options are there!  Once you choose your timezone, then you can pick whether you are interested in a Facebook group or Twitter group.  I’m leading a Facebook group for this challenge and keep checking my page to see if I’ve gotten any requests – I’m so eager to meet other ladies for this challenge and Bible study.

Did I mention there’s also a FREE Bible study?! Meet Jesus is a FREE Bible study for all HelloMorning participants.  It’s a 13-week walk through the book of John – which is especially exciting for me because my pastor just started a study through the book of John last week! So I’ll be really digging into the book of John and I’m so excited what the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, will be teaching me this summer.

Listen, perfection is NOT a requirement!  Just a desire to meet with God in the morning and a commitment to checking in with your group.  We are here to encourage one another and lift each other up in prayer and supplication.  I’m looking forward to this summer and to the challenge of waking up each morning, spending time with my Father, my King, my Comforter – my God – and maximizing my mornings to it’s fullest and most blessed potential!

Eagerly Seeking Him,

Yasmin

HelloMornings

Filled with Light (Luke 11:34)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days with Moms Toolbox. Today is day #12 and we are reading chapter eleven.

Scripture: Luke 11:34

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.

Observation:

Prior to this verse, Jesus was speaking on the fact that people keep asking for miraculous signs. But He was the miracle and they refused to see that.  Someone greater than any of the past prophets was right infront of them, and all they focused on was more miracles.

Application:

This verse really spoke to me because I’ve recently stopped watching TV for myself. I will watch TV with my family if we are watching a show together, but other than that, the TV is off.  At first it was kind of hard, and sometimes I will catch a commercial for one of my shows and a little part of me says “oooh, just one episode!!”, but no.  I really want to put nothing but God’s word in front of my eyes. I want to see the goodness of God as much as I have power over it.  When everyone is at work/school, I have the power to put goodness before me. When my husband is home, maybe not so much, but I also have the power to get up and go somewhere else (if I don’t agree with the show).  The same goes for my children.  My daughter has nightmares now because of things she has seen on TV with her father.  She suffers from it now and we are working on it, but this is why it is important to only fill your eyes with light and God.

Prayer:

Dear Father, please help me to continue to fill my body with You and all things related to You.  I pray that my children might also know the importance of being careful with what they put infront of their eyes not only at home but at school as well.  You are Light and if we focus on You, then our bodies will be filled with the Light of God. Thank you, Father, for allowing us to be filled with You!

In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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Peace on this House (Luke 10:5)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days with Moms Toolbox. Today is day #11 and we are reading chapter ten.

Scripture: Luke 10:5

Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’

Observation:

Jesus was sending his disciples out to preach the good news and giving them instructions.

Application:

I’ve been praying peace over my house for many days now since my daughter began dealing with a bully.  There is a spirit of fear that has come over her and because of it there is much unrest in our home.  I confided this to a sister at church and she began to pray for peace in my home and told me I needed to do the same. Every time I enter my house now I pray that God’s peace be on it, in it, and around it!

Prayer:

Father God, once again I pray for your peace not only in our home, but also in our spirits!  You are a God of peace and so we call out to you for the peace that surpasses all understanding that only you can give!  Thank you!

In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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Welcoming (Luke 9:11)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days with Moms Toolbox. Today is day #10 and we are reading chapter nine.

Scripture: Luke 9:11

But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick.

Observation:

Jesus had slipped away quietly from the crowd, but when they found Him, He didn’t rebuke them! No, he welcomed them and taught them and healed them.

Application:

Oh sweet, sweet conviction of God that comes from reading His word.  How many times have I tried to slip away from my children and into my bedroom or the bathroom, only to have them find me a few minutes later.  Many times I will tell them to let me have a few minutes to myself and send them on their way.  But Jesus? He welcomed them… and not only did He welcome them, but He taught them… and not only did He teach them but He healed them!  This is a true example of what I need to do.  This is not to say that we don’t need some uninterrupted quiet time with God – many times Jesus left His disciples so He could go pray.  But more often then not, when my children seek me out, I’m just reading a book or doing something for me.  How much of a blessing would it be to them if instead of rebuking them and telling them to leave, instead I welcomed them into my bed, taught them about the scriptures I was reading, and prayed healing words over them?

Prayer:

Father God, you are wonderful, and mighty, and awesome! Thank you for your Word.  Please allow me to see my children as Jesus saw the crowds of people that were following Him like sheep following their Shepherd.  Allow my heart to be soft towards their need to be welcomed, taught, and healed.  Help me to follow the example You left me!

In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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Fear (Luke 8:37)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days with Moms Toolbox. Today is day #9 and we are reading chapter eight.

Scripture: Luke 8:37

And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them.

So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake.

Observation:

Jesus healed a man filled with many demons – and the crowds reaction to this miracle was fear.

Application:

I guess this really speaks to me now because my daughter is going through a period of fear and anxiety. A bully was picking on her at school and it really has brought upon a real spirit of fear, to the point that she is even afraid of God.  I remind her of all the great ways that God has shown his love to us and read her verses about God being light and love… but she’s still afraid.  So her reaction kind of reminds me of the reaction of the people in the region of the Gerasenes.  I can understand this though because there was a time that I was very afraid of God as well – it’s just the idea of such a great and powerful God is too big for my little mind to comprehend.

Prayer:

Father God, I pray that we would never ask you to leave our presence because of fear of You. You are Love defined and You have shown Your love towards us from the day Eve sinned in the garden.  Please allow Marissa’s heart to be open to your loving grace again. 

In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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Compassion (Luke 7:13)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days with Moms Toolbox. Today is day #8 and we are reading chapter seven.

Scripture: Luke 7:13

“When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion...

Observation:

Jesus came upon a funeral procession for the only son of a widow.  Seeing that she was a widow and this was her only son, Jesus had compassion for her.

Application:

I love this verse because it shows how much Jesus loved us.  The picture those words make for me “His heart overflowed with compassion…”, I can just see His face as He gazes upon this woman that has lost everything – because our children are everything to us!  I am thankful for this verse because it shows me God’s heart.

Prayer:

God, thank you for being love. You have so much compassion for this world, but they just don’t see it! All I keep hearing is, “If God is real, why would He allow this… or that…”  It gets me so angry some times because I know you are the definition of LOVE and you have so much compassion for us. Thank you for your compassion on people who need it the most!

In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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What Goes Down the Well, Comes Up in the Bucket (Luke 6:45)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days with Moms Toolbox. Today is day #7 and we are reading chapter six.

Scripture: Luke 6:45

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Observation:

Jesus was teaching His disciples with these verses.  This one in particular is teaching the disciples that they have to guard their heart, because what you say will reflect whether your heart is good or evil.

Application:

My pastor once said: “What goes down the well, comes up in the bucket!” and it’s always stuck with me.  What we take in, the music we listen to, the tv shows or movies we watch, the books we read – they all get put into our heart. And what we speak will be a reflection of that.  But if we put our focus on God and only put what is good and acceptable to Him before us, then what treasures will come out of our mouths?!  For this reason I have stopped watching TV on my own (only when the family sits to watch it together); instead I try to spend my days listening to worship music or sermons, or in prayer to God, or sometimes I even listen to old radio shows for fun!

Prayer:

God, I pray that I would just concentrate on You and that my heart and my words would be a reflection of that. I pray that even my thoughts would be pleasing to you, Father God.

In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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Jesus Came for the Sick (Luke 5:31)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days with Moms Toolbox. Today is day #6 and we are reading chapter five.

Scripture: Luke 5:31

Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.

Observation:

This was Jesus’ response to the Pharisees & religious teachers who were complaining that Jesus was eating with “scum”: tax collectors.

Application:

This verse is such a GREAT reminder to me to not think too much of myself.  Yes, I want to grow in the Lord and be a great godly example to my daughters and other young girls in the church – but Jesus didn’t come for the healthy, he came for the sick.  I need to remind myself of this when I think I have it all together and have young ladies in church coming to me for advice on marriage… don’t stand on my high horse giving out advice and thinking I’m so mighty. No, I need to bow before Jesus every night and remember all my sins and repent of them.  I am a sinner that needs Jesus on a daily basis… if I feel I’m not a sinner, then I don’t need Jesus and He didn’t come for me.

Prayer:

Abba Father, I pray that I would be reminded that I am a sinner and that I need Jesus to be forgiven of my sins to have a relationship with You!  I can only be strong in this life by claiming the blood of Jesus everyday and remembering that without Him, I am nothing but a sinner.  Thank you for your sacrifice!

In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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Holy Spirit filled!! (Luke 4:1)

I’m reading through Luke in 26 days. Today is day #5 and we are reading chapter four.

Scripture: Luke 4:1

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,

Observation:

After Jesus was baptized, He was full of the Holy Spirit.  The same Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness where he was tempted by the Devil himself.

Application:

The first thing that caught me with this verse is that Jesus was FULL of the Holy Spirit. When you are full, you can’t have anymore. So if I’m eating and I say “I’m full!”, that means I can’t eat another bite.  Or when I take my car to the gas station and say “Fill ‘er up!”, that means to put gas into the car until you can’t put anymore gas in. So to be full of the Holy Spirit means that you are so filled with the spirit that your own self can’t be in you. I think that’s awesome and I pray that I be spirit-filled on a daily basis!  The second thing that interested me in this verse was that the Holy Spirit led Jesus to be tempted in the wilderness.  We always try to get away from our temptations and ask God to remove temptation and evil in our lives… but the spirit actually led Jesus to His temptation.  Maybe some of our temptation is spirit-led.  Maybe if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can overcome those temptations, and all for the glory of God.  Next time I’m tempted in some area of my life, I will remember this verse and pray that I would be filled with the Holy Spirit to overcome it!

Prayer:

Father God, please forgive me of my sins today and let your Holy Spirit fill my entire being until it’s overflowing out of me! I don’t want any of me to be in this body anymore, just your Holy Spirit!

In Jesus name, Amen.

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