I have to give my mom credit. Sometimes, I really need her to remind me of some of the basics of my life. Yesterday I called her frustrated with a few things, and she said to me, “Deneen, you know what’s going on.” Funny thing is that I didn’t until she reminded me.
I was indoctrinated pretty deeply back in the day. I have thought patterns that are completely NOT biblical that affect me on a daily basis. I don’t know what the church is thinking. Why teach people what they can’t do when the Bible is full of things you CAN do? People respond to positive reinforcement. It’s a pretty basic thing. If you compliment what people do well, add value to their lives, then their overall performance will improve.
This morning, I work up and reminded myself that my identity is not found in what I do. It is found in something much greater than I am.
There are scriptures that I lean on during different times in my life. Right now, my scripture of the month is Psalm 91. I hate to admit this, but I forgot about this scripture because life was going well. I remember the first time someone had me read that Psalm. It was during a similar time in my life. I love the NKJV…(courtesty of biblegateway.com)…of this scripture. Read and absorb.
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”