The Office Blessing

There was a phrase that the older people used to say, “Don’t make me loose my religion!” I can almost hear it in my head. There are a few places that make us feel like that but the #office, your workplace, is definitely one. It’s interesting how we separate God and work. It’s almost like we are unconsciously applying the separation of church and state ideology within our personal professional lives. The thing is that that is the last thing God wants us as Christians to do. We can’t separate the God in us from our work no more than you can separate the flour from a cake. He’s baked in and for good reason. (Remember #MaryMary’s song – It’s the God in Me!”). God wants us to take Him with us wherever we go so that He can touch others through us. That includes our work.

This has been a tough year for mental health. Especially workplace mental health. We have gone from looking for Work-Life Balance to ending up far right with more of an intrusive Work-Life Blend and most aren’t doing so well with it. God’s light in you is the can be the best untapped Employment Assistance Program (EAP) and mental health benefit available.

My friends, if you haven’t realized it yet, the Office Blessing is You! You are what your meetings, colleagues , and yes even sometimes your supervisor need. Yes, little ole amazing, calming, truth bringing, positive-light shedding, changing-the-tone-on-the-call you! Each morning you grab your laptop and your smart phone, but don’t forget to grab God’s light and bring it with you (even if you go no further than to your Zoom calls.) Shine it with every opportunity you can. Let it emanate from you like a gorgeous ray of sunlight hitting the window first thing in the morning.

Here are 5 Ways to Be God’s Light at Work

Be Positive. A cheerful heart is good medicine. Smile. It goes a long way…even when someone can’t see your face. Their interaction with you could be the only positive engagement they have that day.

Encourage and Support Your Team Mates. Sometimes you have to help others think on what is good, praiseworthy and of good report. Be considerate. Recognize them. Call them out – for the good things. Give them grace for the mistakes. Live out the fruit of the spirit with them. Be a living example of kindness, goodness, and patience. Be an example of love and inclusion.

Pray for the People and the Projects. Colleagues, partners and even clients need it. We all do. Make them a part of your morning prayer time. Pray for the ones that seem overwhelmed, down, and even the difficult ones. Pray for the all over the place, trying to figure it out clients. Pray for the partners that may be stellar or may be challenging every ounce of patience you still have. They need it. We all do. Don’t stop with the people, but also pray over the projects and performance. Not just those that you lead up either 🙂

Model honesty and #integrity. If we won’t, who will. An Executive once told me Quality is like Integrity – what does either actually mean anyway. Well, in the midst of everything, let’s strive to be a living reminder of what integrity is, a reminder of what it looks like to do the right thing because it’s right and suggest the right thing because it is right. Let’s be the one on the call that promotes honesty, goodness, self-control and fairness with customers, partners and within our teams.

Stay charged up. Being a blessing is beautiful but it can leave you empty if you are not continually recharging. The same way you charge your laptop or your phone, you have to charge your spirit. Nothing can work without power coursing through it. You need to make sure you have God’s power cell built up. Read God’s word daily. Pray and ask for His help spreading His love. Ask for His patience as you extend patience and grace to others. Pray that in the thick of the day, you won’t “lose your religion” but rather you will radiate the joy of it in all circumstances. Pray for a discerning heart that can pick up on the sighs of someone’s heart in the midst of the action actions.

I would love to hear others. Share in the comments! Which of these will you add into your work life. Remember, you are the office blessing. It is waiting on you and it desperately needs you. You are no small wheel in anyone’s cog. You are the quiet blessing that creates power and love in the atmosphere. You could be someone’s #GraceInTheMoment. #God_applied #intentionalliving #purposefullife #IntegrityInsights #Grace #Blessed #Blessing

Best Drawing Ever!

Sunday, I went to church – yes, the real church building – socially distanced of course. My 6-year old decided to draw during the service. He drew himself with both of his parents. Beneath the picture, I love you. You are my best friend forever (phonetically spelled of course). It was the most simple drawing with an imperfect caption but to me it was priceless. It literally brought tears to my eyes. It was my little son sharing his heart with me, sharing his heart for me. No pretense, no need, no want, just his heart.

In that moment, I couldn’t help but think about God’s heart as a parent. I couldn’t help but think that that is all He wants from us — our heart and more importantly our heart for Him. Not for any reason or cause, but just be-cause. Just be-cause like a little son adores his fallible parents, we adore our infallible God who is so much more than my husband and I could ever be as parents. I thought about the tears that it would bring to God if I thought or even just told him, I love you. You are my best friend forever.

As parents we give to our kids because we love them. We even give to them when they come to butter us up for something, because we love them. We know even before the buttering up comes, that it is coming but we still often meet their request — but goodness don’t we just love the humble heart that has no request attached, and is just pureness of heart. God isn’t that weird and our relationship with Him doesn’t have to be that complex. He is a loving parent that just wants the precious priceless doodles of our heart, our natural connection, our unpretentious love. Let’s give God our childlike love. Let’s start to see him through the eyes of a child that just adores his parents just because.

Good Morning!

Good morning Friends! I absolutely adore the morning. This is the time that we greet each day and all of its fresh possibilities.

The other morning my 6-year old went over to his Dad’s side of the bed and said, “Good morning Daddy.” It was quite early so Dad replied, “Good morning” and sent him back to his bedroom. The little bugger didn’t even come over to my side to say Good morning. Soon after I came down to find him on the couch watching cartoons and I said, “Good morning, son. I was waiting for you to come tell me good morning when you came to my room so I could give you a big hug like this” and scooped him up.

The bible says that God bestows new mercies on us each each day. (Lamentations 3:22-23.) He is the reason for our “Good morning” yet how many days do we wake up and not give Him the most basic courtesy of Good Morning. We say it to our spouses, our kids and even our coworkers, but far to often many of us (including me) don’t always greet the Lord with a smile and a warm good morning.

What if God is like me on the other side of the bed, hearing you say good morning to your spouse, your kids, your mom, whomever — and is waiting for the opportunity for you to engage with Him so that he can “scoop you up.” Talk about a missed opportunity. None of us want to miss out on any opportunity to feel God’s love. He’s waiting to hear from each of us. Before we pray, before we ask for covering or any of the petitions of our heart, I challenge us to just tell the Lord Good morning. Try it! Make it a habit! Let us know how it goes. #God_applied #goodmorning #grace #blessed #devotional #intentionalliving #purposefulliving #ApplyingGodin2021 #christianauthor.

Finding Your Voice

I may have mentioned a time or two that I am actually an introvert. Many don’t think so, but I am. I am a small group, one-on-one type. I tend to stay away from spotlights but it is no justification to God for me to hide or dim my light — His light. Each of us are called to let our light so shine. For introverts it can seem overwhelming. Letting my light shine could mean letting others in. Letting my light shine could feel like letting others “see” me in a way that I try to keep out of view. Letting my light shine just by virtue of the definition of the phrase means being more transparent. Some discredit social media as a place where folks hide their true selves, but just maybe in some instances social media is a place where others feel free to show their true selves, speak their true voice and let their voice be heard amongst the crowd. Today I am thankful for finding a place where my voice lives outside of my thoughts and my journals. I pray each of you would find yours too. The world is waiting. Introverts, your gift is great. You gift comes from God and there are countless people waiting to be blessed by it. Whatever medium, outlet or vehicle you chose, use it to find your voice and share it with the world. Go on — we’re waiting! I’m waiting. More importantly God’s waiting! Tag me! I’d love to share help amplify your voice as well: @Godapplied, #god_applied, http://www.godapplied.com.

Be blessed!

Celebrating the New 4:20

If you dared to read this post, you may be thinking, “I thought this was a Christian blog.” No worries friends, it is. I’m celebrating what happened in Matthew 4:20. I’m hoping others will now remember this scripture and have a real reason to celebrate 4:20 with me. In Matthew 4:19 Jesus calls his first disciples to leave behind what they were doing to follow Him. In Matthew 4:20, they accepted, left behind the things of old and began to follow Jesus. Today, it is my hearts desire that those reading this post will use this day as a day of transformation and start to celebrate something new. It is my prayer that those reading would accept Jesus’ call to leave behind the ways of old and on 4:20 follow Him. It is my prayer that similarly to Matthew 4:20 that this would be a day that disciples would be made and would decide to follow Jesus. It will be a day you will never forget. Come on – Join Him, Join Me and Let’s Celebrate! Let’s celebrate the new life of new disciples starting today. #thenew420 #Godapplied #God_applied #Celebration #Christianblogger #devotion #Matthew4:20 #fishersofmen #Jesus #blessed #grace #transformation

Matthew 4:20…at once they left their nets and followed him.

Be blessed!

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The Stone Can’t Stop You!

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Last week was great. I am a huge fan of self-help, motivational, overcoming types of books so I am still charged up on all the reading I did last week about what I would consider to undoubtedly be the biggest account of overcoming to ever occur. It was one of those real nail biting stories of a man who overcame so much. He overcame being falsely accused, police brutality, abandonment from some of his closest friends, you name it. Every obstacle was placed in front of him but he was on a mission and he had the right team supporting him.

In case you are wondering the story I’m referring to is that of Jesus’ overcoming. Even when it seemed as if he was out of the game, he wasn’t. Everything was done to keep him from His mission. In Matthew 27:62-65, the Pharisees decided that they needed to ensure that Jesus wouldn’t accomplish what He set out to do. In order to ensure that they placed guards at the tomb and a huge stone to keep Jesus from accomplishing the greatest work ever.

Matthew 27:65-66 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

In our life, we all have things that we are purposed to accomplish but we have roadblocks in our way. Just keep in mind that if a stone blocking a tomb guarded with soldiers couldn’t stop Jesus from accomplishing what he set out to do that there is nothing that anyone can put in front of you that will keep Him from accomplishing what he wants to accomplish through you. Your roadblocks are as temporary as the stone trying to block Jesus. #Godapplied #Resurrection #WritingCommunity #Peace #Grace #Blessed #Devotional

Be blessed!

No Pretty Path to Purpose

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What an example of this that we just paid remembrance to this weekend. Christ had a purpose. His purpose was to preach the gospel, make disciples, and ensure salvation for mankind. It was a tall order and definitely an important one but it wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t easy. His purpose, I’m sure we would all agree, was the hardest of all…but he pushed through in spite of. He endured in spite of, for the greater good — our greater good — and accomplished what He set out to do.

God has a plan for all of our lives. He put us here for a purpose, but sometimes we get caught up on the challenges associated with the purpose. By that I mean we don’t want any of the challenges — but hey ladies, gents…there is no perfectly pretty pleasurable path to purpose. The path to purpose is not paved with roses but rather lined with opportunities to stretch, grow, recover, re-plan, and push through.

As we continue to pursue our purpose, let’s remember that while it may not be perfect or pretty, that doesn’t mean that it won’t come to pass. It will. It will likely require tough days and long nights but just keep pushin’ – someone else is depending on it. #Godapplied #Purpose #Push #Devotional #WritingCommunity #ApplyingGodin2021 #PurposeDrivenLife #grace #blessed #wordpress #author

HOPE

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Happy Resurrection Day Friends! After more than a year or COVID, economic challenges, societal unrest and political anxiety, this day provides a much needed peace. Today, because Christ got up, we can too. We can get up from the anxiety, stress and emotional unrest that we may have had over this year and become renewed by the greatest hope that there is. Christ rose for our salvation. Salvation means not only “deliverance from sin and its consequences” but it also means “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.” He died and rose so that we could – we could be delivered from our sin, from our depression, from our loss, from our lack of confidence, from our sickness and disease, from our anger issues, from our imposter syndrome, from our victim mentality, from our selfishness, from our loneliness, from our lack, from our job loss, you name it.

After such a hope-challenging year, I am so thankful this morning for the HOPE that this Resurrection Day represents. Don’t keep this hope to yourself friends, but share it with the countless folks that can’t see a way through. Introduce them to the Hope that comforts, heals and delivers. #Easter #Resurrection #Risen #RiseUp #Devotion #Godapplied #Covid #Hope #Writingcommunity #Christ

Reflected Back at Me

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Being a parent can be tough. Over the course of our lives as parents we put everything we have into creating a great, safe, life for our children. We sacrifice our time, our physical bodies, our emotional energy and all that we have to ensure that they have every opportunity in life. This doesn’t happen necessarily once they arrive but oftentimes long before they are born.

Lately, I have definitely felt the challenge of parenting. I have been dealing with the feelings of entitlement and lack of gratitude. After all, does this kid realize how much I do and have done to provide him with the life he leads? I heard myself a few days ago, having the internal parental rant about how much I have poured out and sacrificed for my child(ren), yet feeling the hurt and pain of this recent nonchalance about it all. It hurt me. I cried even — and just as I was about to wipe my tears, I thought about this very time.

I thought about how the Lord sacrificed His only son for me. I thought about Jesus on the cross for me — taking such abuse and death for me. Talk about a sacrifice. Talk about how much was given to ensure that I had all the opportunities of life. (The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10). Talk about all the stuff that Jesus had to endure for me. I wonder how hurt the Lord is when I am nonchalant about all that He has sacrificed for me. I wonder if it makes him cry. All I can say is humbling. (Funny how the actions of our children often mirror our behavior with Christ.)

I thought about how easy it can be to focus on putting out the spring bunnies, prepping the kids baskets and planning the Resurrection Meal and missing out on the depth of the sacrifice that Jesus made. I thought about how I (maybe we) can also exhibit a version of nonchalance toward the ultimate sacrifice. In my head I could almost imagine God saying, “Girl, do you realize how much I have sacrificed for you? Do you realize what I have done for you?”

On this day and weekend I pray that we would focus on the sacrifice that our Lord and Savior made for us. I pray that we would reverence it — not just this weekend but each weekend. I pray that we would shed our cloak of entitlement and put on the garment of gratitude. I pray that we would remember how we feel when our children don’t truly grasp their blessings and our sacrifices to provide them; and let that reflect the gaps in our own heart.

Lord, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and provided us the ultimate opportunity. Thank you for being a Good, Good Father. #Resurrection #Reflection #Gratitude #entitlement #Godapplied #GoodFriday #Parenting #grace #appreciation #ApplyingGodin2021 #writingcommunity #devotion

Happy Good Friday to All!

Changing the Tone

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The other day I read a great posted on #LinkedIn. It was of a woman sharing her updated profile photo with her natural hair. She was sharing her courageousness in being her authentic self amongst her professional peers. She was sharing that she felt safe enough to do so. All good things I thought. I was happy for her. There were so many applauded her transparency (which I think we can all agree on can be tough in our own areas). Then I made the mistake that I make too often on social media — I scrolled down and read a few comments. It was a very short scroll before the negativity piped up. I just had a hard time understanding why this post had a reason to go so left and so angry. Sadly, I see this on social media all the time. There is a constant state of combativeness and strife. Realizing that this is becoming a trend, I thought back to a phrase from elementary school. They would always say, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. What if we just stopped feeling the need to comment on everything we read if it doesn’t really add anything to the conversation. What if we spent more time posting encouragement and not comments that condescend or tear down. What if we responded on social media with more love and more God. What if we could be social media tone changers? If we could do that, I would say we could have a real shot at collectively being real life world changers. Here are a few scriptures to consider when responding to (or not responding to) social media posts:

  1. Proverbs 11:12 “It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.”
  2. Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.”
  3. Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
  4. James 1:26 “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.”
  5. Titus 3:2 “To speak evil  of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy to all people.”
  6. 1 Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
  7. James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
  8. James 3:9-10With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.

Be blessed! #Godapplied #SocialMedia #ToneChangers #Positivity #ApplyingGodin2021 #blessed #grace