Friday, August 20th – The Lord’s face shines upon those who cheerfully seek Him.

Routinely, we attend church already having expectations of how the service will play out because we’re so used to it having the same order each week. We know we will see a few people singing in a low tone, some clapping here and there, some will slightly lift their hands, etc… We tend to place worship into these 3 categories and many people never discover that there are endless ways to give praise to our Lord.I want to ask:

  1. How do you worship in the house of God?
  2. Do you stand out or do you blend in?
  3. Do you ever limit your form of worship so that you do not stand out or so that you do not change the “order” of the service?

If your answer is yes, you are not alone! I personally have done that many times and I know many people that can also admit to putting limits on their form of worship in order to not be judged or seen.However, the true question is, what’s so humiliating about giving praise to our Heavenly Father? Why has the church allowed that Michal-like mindset inside? Michal was King David’s wife, and she harshly judged and humiliated him because of the way that he danced before the presence of God. King David was unbothered by her comments and did not change his worship. In other words, he did not care so why do we?Today’s scripture is found in Psalm 150

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;

Praise Him with the lute and harp!

Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;

Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

Praise Him with loud cymbals;

Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

[Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150 is one of my favorite Psalms! As we see in these verses we get a description of how intentional we ought to be when we come to His house. I challenge you to be intentional in your praise and worship, don’t be embarrassed to lift your hands a little higher, to shout a little louder, or to dance before His presence. Break out of the mold and be more intentional in your praise because the Lord’s face shines upon those who cheerfully seek Him. Dare to move and remember, praising God is not even limited to Psalm 150, there are endless ways to praise the Lord. Don’t hold back when giving thanks to your redeemer!

Worship with intention!

Thursday, August 19 – Seek & You Shall Find

Today’s verse is found in Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

In this scripture, Jesus says that we must ask in order to receive. Many times we read this and are encouraged to continue believing in our miracle. This is great, we should bring our petitions to the Lord because He hears us.

However, I encourage you to take this scripture as a reason to also pray for others. Sometimes our own requests will take up all of our prayer time. It’s easy to knock on the doors that we want to be opened for us but we find it difficult to plead for the requests of our neighbors. I challenge you to pray a selfless prayer today. If you need healing in your body, pray for healing in your brother or sister, if you are in need of a financial blessing, pray for your neighbor to be blessed, if you need help in your business, pray for somebody else’s business to flourish. As our heavenly father, how proud would it make the Lord to see His children pleading for each other’s miracle selflessly? I strongly believe that He would incline His ear to us even more! It’s easy to seek for what we want and to pray for our own desires but when we spend our prayer time pleading for others, it reflects TRUE LOVE, PURE LOVE, and GENUINE LOVE. Dare to intentionally pray for somebody else today, next time you fast, let your focus be somebody else’s prayer petition instead of your own.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 – SEARCH MY HEART O LORD

This week’s focus is on being intentional in the way that we seek the Lord.

Being intentional in our walk with God requires a lot more work than we initially think it does. When we become Intentional with God it’s as if we become an open book to Him. God knows and sees all but God can only transform the areas of our lives that we allow Him into. When we are intentional in our relationship with the Lord, we give Him permission to point out the areas in our lives that need improvement. Nobody enjoys having their flaws or imperfections pointed out but allowing God into those areas of our lives will help us to become better leaders, ministers, wives, mothers, etc.

In Psalm 139 David intentionally gave the Lord permission to seek his heart. David understood that although he was the anointed king, that didn’t mean his heart or intentions were exempt from sin. We all fall short of the Glory of God. David humbled himself and allowed for the Lord to search his heart. Not only did David make his heart available but he even asked God to search it!During your quiet time with the Lord today, make your heart available and ask Him to search it.

I encourage you to allow Him into every area of your heart with nothing held back. And remember, just because we may think we are doing something properly, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the way the Lord wants us to do it. Be encouraged today to let God step in and search your heart. Allow for Him to correct you.

I encourage you to listen to this song today as you ask the Lord to search your heart. https://youtu.be/5xvCY0_vaDA

-Stephanie Monroy

August 16, 2021 – Acknowledging Him in ALL my ways

TUESDAY: WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY ROUTINE CONSIST OF?

Take a minute to reflect on today’s plans…

How often do you acknowledge the Lord regarding your day-to-day plans and decision-making?

Proverbs 3:6 presents a challenge to Acknowledge the Lord in ALL our ways, to not figure things out based on our own knowledge but to Acknowledge (Ask) God what the best choice/decision is for us to make. “In all your ways acknowledge Him” How can we acknowledge God TODAY in all our ways? Even in the simple things? Be intentional and carefully think about today’s plans and reflect on your life. Ask God to reveal what areas in our life need more of Him and less of you. There is always more room that can be made for the Lord, let’s not limit Him. Do not put limits on a limitless God!

Verse: ”In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6

Monday 08/16/21 – Thy will be done

Hi ladies I am pleased to share this week’s devotional, I pray it serves as a blessing in your spiritual walk with God. This week we will focus on being intentional in the way that we seek the Lord. Many of you are businesswomen, full-time moms, leaders in your community, the list of amazing women in this group goes on. That being said, we know that a PRODUCTIVE WOMAN = A BUSY SCHEDULE. As women of God with a lot on our plates, it is easy to fall into a busy routine. Routines are good, they are necessary for organization however, this week I will challenge you to break with your day-to-day routine and ask the Holy Spirit to be your lead. Most of the time we tend to schedule our private time with the Lord around our busy schedule. Instead of writing Him into our daily planner, let’s have Him write out our day. How different would today look if you plan your day around the Lord? When was the last time you asked God “Lord, what is your will in my life for TODAY?

In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus gives us a guide on how to pray. This has become a “model prayer” for many. Often we pray “give us today our daily bread” and “lead us not into temptation” but skip over “Thy will be done.” How often do we actually pray that the will of God be done in our lives? As we go on about today, let God lead your plans. Ask for His will to be done and be ok with having Him break today’s planned agenda in exchange for His perfect will.Verse: Matthew 6:9-10 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” As you go on about your day, I invite you to meditate on the lyrics of this beautiful song: https://youtu.be/wrQuKK6jz-4

Blessings! -Stephanie