Faith

March 3, 2017

Fully Trusting God

By: Sharisse Scott

12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight.” -Exodus 33:12-13

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According to google, the definition of trust is: a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Trusting in people may be very difficult because all people do not line up with that definition. Some people are not reliable or honest and we all have weaknesses that may hinder us.

Putting our full trust in God and God only, is different because He lines up with that definition and even goes far beyond those few little words. Our situations or circumstances may look as if we have our trust in the wrong place but I assure you that God can always be trusted because He will never let us down.

Moses was a man of God, whom to me, seemed to have a little trust issue with God in the beginning of his journey. It’s like he wanted God to prove himself before he placed all his trust in Him. It’s easy to have that mentality when you have put trust in so many people along the way, just to be disappointed or heartbroken, but it’s not like that with God.

I was once like Moses, because I had been disappointed by different people and it even seemed like God had let me down at times but that was never the case. We won’t ever know His plan but we must simply trust it because His plans for us are perfect.  In each area of my life He has always shown Himself true to His Word. And He will do the same for you.

Scripture Highlight
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Committing it To Prayer
Dear God, forgive me for not fully trusting in You daily.  Help me to place and keep my trust in You no matter what the circumstances are and not doubt your faithfulness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


 About the Author

Sharisse Scott is a devoted wife and mother who loves her husband and three beautiful children very much. The only person she loves more is God. She has a strong desire to fulfill His purpose for her life to the best of her ability each day. Sharisse says, “I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this awesome ministry of empowering, uplifting and encouraging women. It is so vital today in our society as wives and mothers, and as Sisters in Christ.” Her hope is to be a blessing to others with her writing.
Be encouraged!


February 24, 2017

Always On The Winning Team

By Sharisse Scott

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I never really knew much about sports before I met my husband. He knows almost everything about every sport. I learned that each sport pretty much has certain words pertaining to it, such as “free throw” in basketball, “field goal” in football, “hole in one” for golf. I think you get the point.

One day my husband was watching a game with a friend when he yelled to him, “Come on man, you can’t be a bandwagon fan! You have to stick with one team!”

Those words stood out to me because I hadn’t heard them pertaining to sports before; I wondered what he meant by that. He explained to me that a bandwagon fan is someone who basically only follows or roots for a team that has a great record or is winning more than losing.

I thought to myself, how often are we “bandwagon fans” when it comes to serving and following God? I know that sometimes when things are going horrible in our lives we may lose sight of the awesome track record that God has and always will have. We often want to stop praying, stop serving, stop praising/worshipping or stop following Christ because we get that “what’s the point?” attitude.

Once I learned the meaning, I  realized that I’m a bandwagon fan too at times. I would sometimes feel like I’m losing things in life or not gaining anything sure and true. I would think to myself, “I’ve been serving God all this time, where is my championship trophy? When will I start winning?” But one thing I realized is that the team I’m on never really loses, its just that the position I play requires much more from me. (Luke 12:48)

Our life will not be easy, no one ever said it would be. But we must remember that we serve a God who is always there with us even through all the fouls, red flags, or timeouts that we may face. He won’t leave us on the sidelines, He will lead us to the finish line as long as we stay in the race with Him. I refuse to be a bandwagon fan, I will always follow Christ.

Committing it to Prayer
Dear God, thank You for always running this tough race with me. Forgive me for losing sight of Your diligence and faithfulness toward me and please help me to obtain that same diligence and faithfulness in chasing after You as well as serving You in all my days. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture Highlight
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Seeing Seeds
The next time you may want to give up or quit the team, search and mediate on more scripture that encourages you to stand strong and stay in the race.


 About the Author

Sharisse Scott is a devoted wife and mother who loves her husband and three beautiful children very much. The only person she loves more is God. She has a strong desire to fulfill His purpose for her life to the best of her ability each day. Sharisse says, “I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this awesome ministry of empowering, uplifting and encouraging women. It is so vital today in our society as wives and mothers, and as Sisters in Christ.” Her hope is to be a blessing to others with her writing.
Be encouraged!


February 17, 2017

Ask, Then Let God Work

 By: Sharisse Scott

Matthew 7:7 NIV-“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

My husband and I have always been the independent type, especially before we were married. I would do everything myself and never asked anyone for help, mainly because I didn’t need to. Come to find out, he was the same way. We realized we had to kick the independent mindset and habits that we possessed and allow help from one another when needed. That wasn’t very hard because we didn’t really need help with major things. We both adjusted rather quickly to being each other’s helpers. The hard part came when we had to ask others for help. 2017-01-31-14-19-35
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We had come to a point of financial hardships and it was becoming a strain on us. My husband wanted to make sure he was doing everything he could to provide for his family without having to ask anyone for help. I applauded him for that and went along with his ambitious attempts to “make things work.”However, that could only go so far because it came to our realization that we were both operating in pride.

Sometimes we would pray and ask God for help in that area, that He would give us a financial breakthrough of some sort. Not knowing that each time we prayed, maybe a few days later when someone would ask,”Are you guys doing okay financially?”or “Do you need help with any bills?”, that was God’s way of answering our prayer in that situation. Of course we would just tell the people that we’re okay and believing God to make a way. You know that popular one-liner that we all use.

It took us a while to realize, but God was always giving us exactly what we asked for, He just wanted to break down our pride in the process and show us that it’s okay to ask others for help if we need it. Our word tells us to simply ask and it shall be given. It doesn’t say how it’s going to be given, that part is up to God.  Our job is just to pray, ask, and seek then trust God to work out the rest.

We started to reach out to those same people who offered us the help that we rejected and they happily helped us whenever we needed it with no expectations of receiving any money or gifts back in return. It really lifted the strain and stress off of us and we are now able to focus on each other, our children and our ministry more than ever. We have learned that when we allow pride to take the back seat, Jesus  can truly take the wheel and steer us in the right direction.

Scripture Highlight 
Mark 11:24 NIV
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Commit it to Prayer
Dear God, help me to let go of my pride and put it behind me so that You have room to provide me with all that I need whenever I may ask. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sowing Seeds
Have you ever been in need of something?  It doesn’t have to be monetary. It could be advice, friendship, or even transportation. Take a moment to evaluate why you are in need of this particular thing. Is it because you refuse to ask for help in that area? If so, let go of any pride that you may have today and allow God to make a way in your situation.


 About the Author

Sharisse Scott is a devoted wife and mother who loves her husband and three beautiful children very much. The only person she loves more is God. She has a strong desire to fulfill His purpose for her life to the best of her ability each day. Sharisse says, “I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this awesome ministry of empowering, uplifting and encouraging women. It is so vital today in our society as wives and mothers, and as Sisters in Christ.” Her hope is to be a blessing to others with her writing.
Be encouraged!


March 24, 2017

When Sacrificing Time Isn’t Enough

By: Sharisse Scott

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“Spend time with The Lord in prayer”, they said. “Read and study your Word”, they said. Don’t get me wrong, these things are very necessary in building a strong relationship with our Savior but sometimes it takes that and more… much more.

Like many others, when I first learned about fasting, I wasn’t particularly thrilled about it. It sounded like a lot of hard work and sacrifice involved and I didn’t want any part of it. But also like many others, I have learned that fasting is as much of an intricate part in building  our relationship with Christ just as reading the Word, praying and worshiping God is.

Sacrificing our natural food allows us to be more aware and receptive of the spiritual food that God has for us which is so much more satisfying and fulfilling than what this world has to offer.

Another thing I have learned is that fasting isn’t just limited to turning away from food. Sacrificing the things we really love like TV, Facebook, YouTube,  etc., are also ways that we can dedicate our lives and hearts to The Lord during our times of fasting.

Overall, whichever way we do it, as long as we do it with the right heart and spirit, God will receive the glory from our fasting and our sacrifices unto Him and we will receive a deeper, closer relationship with Him and to me, that sounds like a pretty good exchange.

Scripture Highlight
Isaiah 58:6 NIV
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”

Commit it to Prayer
Dear God,
I pray that during my times of fasting that my knowledge and understanding of You and Your Word grows stronger in my mind and that I grow closer to Your Spirit. Help me to remain disciplined and be led by You in my fasting. In Jesus’ Name,  Amen.

Sowing Seeds
Have you been feeling led to fast but putting it off because of different reasons? Well today, I encourage you to make fasting a lifestyle. Try starting off with fasting once a month even if it’s just for a few hours. Make it a habit that you don’t ever want to break, you won’t regret it.


About the Author 

Sharisse Scott is a devoted wife and mother who loves her husband and three beautiful children very much. The only person she loves more is God. She has a strong desire to fulfill His purpose for her life to the best of her ability each day. Sharisse says, “I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this awesome ministry of empowering, uplifting and encouraging women. It is so vital today in our society as wives and mothers, and as Sisters in Christ.” Her hope is to be a blessing to others with her writing.
Be encouraged!

 

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