Take Your Life Back

We can always waste time talking about who has hurt us or what isn’t or doesn’t work for us. That same time that we are wasting can be used towards pressing on in life. Stop hating yourself for everything that you aren’t and don’t have. Start loving yourself where you are with what you have. Change your way of thinking. When you do, you change your way of living. Some of us are the walking dead. God didn’t intend for us to live that way. We must see ourselves as God sees us. Let’s humble ourselves to accept the Grace of God and give grace to ourselves when we feel that we just don’t measure up.. It is through His Grace that God heals us and brings freedom to take our lives back. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).

Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Moving Forward

Moses and the Red Sea (Exodus 14). Moses wanted to stand firm but God wanted him to move and instructed Moses to stretch out his hand and part the Red Sea. Parting the Red Sea was probably not something Moses had in mind. Fighting the Egyptians probably would have been more logical but walking through the sea? On dry ground? God told Moses to change his mind and his plans! This is how we become unstuck emotionally – we have to change our minds and change our plans. How do we do this? We let go of what’s familiar. We open our minds to the possibilities of who we should be even though it makes no sense to anyone else just as walking through the Red Sea made no sense until God allow it to be done. We release ourselves from the chains of old rules, old ways and old stories to become the person who has been sleeping inside. We allow God to help us become who we are supposed to be. Why not start today? “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on” (Exodus 14:13-15 NIV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Laughter!

I am recovering from a sinus infection and this morning, I woke up really hoarse. I feel good but my voice is hoarse. And yet, I still laugh and make the patients laugh, too! My laugh kind of sounds like a group of rats fighting for one tiny piece of Kraft cheese! Laughter is a great ability that God has given each us. It helps us to manage life and all that it brings. I have felt down a many of times, but someone came along and made me laugh. Then, sometimes I make my own self laugh! It makes my heart feel so much better. It’s good to laugh and have a cheerful heart. God’s Word reminds us that there is a time to laugh and there’s a time not to (Ecclesiastes 3:4). For example, if someone is being ridiculed or dealing with pain of some sort – laughter should have no place. So we must stay mindful of that. I am no Bible Scholar (yet) but there are many examples in the Bible that lets us know that having a cheerful heart is good. One example is the story of Sarah and the birth of Isaac in Genesis 21. Take time to read or re-read it. “Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:6).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

The Best Prescription for Anxiety

Do you have some anxiety going on today? Some fear? Allow me to be your nurse practitioner on today. Hello, I am nurse Stacy and I am licensed under Dr. Christ. So, you are feeling an abundance of anxiety and fear on today? Well, before I prescribe Zoloft, Lexapro or Prozac, I would like to prescribe Philippians 4:4-8 to you. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” This will calm you because it reassures you that God is near and He wants you to keep your mind on all that is good, true, right and worthy. With the prescription of Philippians 4:4-8, it is good to add prayer and faith every time you take it. I am convinced that this prescription will help to eliminate anxiety and fear. The unique thing about this prescription is that you can take it as much as you like to. Negative side effects will only occur when you don’t take it. Be Blessed.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

When You Can’t Avoid Toxic People

Remember Judas in the Bible? He was a thief and a betrayer of Jesus. He was toxic. Who are the toxic people in your life that can’t actually be avoided? The ones who change the atmosphere when they enter the room. The ones who take advantage of anything and anybody to get ahead. The ones you rely on but they constantly let you down. The ones who pour hate on everyone and everything around. The ones whose view of the world are twisted and negative.. How do you deal with them when you can’t really avoid them? Well, consider how Jesus dealt with Judas. Jesus ate with Judas and they both shared the same dipping bowl. Jesus washed the feet of Judas. And Jesus KNEW that Judas was in the midst of betraying Him! If we are followers of Christ, we must serve, love and welcome those who are toxic. The purpose is the be like Jesus and let God change people. We often do our best to avoid toxic people. Jesus didn’t avoid Judas. He got in his face and served Him! Know who you are in Christ so that you don’t get caught up in trying to please, change or defeat those who are toxic in your life. “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh”(Jude 22-23).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

A Friend in Jesus

I am so glad that Jesus understands the life of a single mother like myself! And He understands your life, too! Jesus knows all about our struggles. He knew temptation. Poverty. Frustration. Weariness. Disappointment. Rejection. Sorrow. Ridicule. Loneliness. So today, I want to let you know that you have a friend in Jesus, who is intimately acquainted with it all! Christ crawls down into the darkest parts of our lives, wraps His arms around us and comforts us with His love. He injects us with the strength to stand again. Aren’t you so glad that we a friend in Jesus who is never distant from all that we go through? “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Boast in the Lord!

Good things happen in our lives and we open our mouths wide to tell the news! We get our phones and we post on social media. We get the attention and the likes. Then, it turns into boasting and it becomes a habit. Did you know that boasting is a form of human pride? Then before long, those things or people that we boast about DISAPPOINT US. That new car or home comes with monthly payments that causes you to work two jobs now instead of one. That new job position has introduced you to Prozac at the highest dosage. That spouse/mate has drained you because you have strenuously been hiding your pain from the public. That child you favored has rebelled against taught morals and values. The people and things of this world can fail us at any time, especially when we take our eyes off of THE ONE who blesses us. If we choose to boast, let’s boast about God and His Love for us that NEVER FAILS. Let’s boast about his GREAT ATTRIBUTES. Instead of drawing attention to ourselves, let’s draw attention to Christ. Let’s not get so caught up in our positions, our knowledge and what we have. Let’s humble ourselves so that we can recognize the Power of God. “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NIV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

The Key to Joy

When you woke up, you chose to lay there five more minutes. Then, you chose to get up. Then, you chose to get to shower, wash your face, brush your teeth (hopefully), get dressed and comb/brush your hair. Some of us chose to eat breakfast. But did you choose JOY? Some days are harder than others, this I do know. But when we discover where our joy comes from, we can embrace it. The key to joy is its source, which is the Lord. When we live in the Lord and allow the Lord to live within us – that is always a reason for joy. We may not be able to rejoice in our circumstances all the time, but we can rejoice in Christ all of the time! In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he talks about joy and how it is the duty of the Christian to rejoice continually. Paul wrote this letter from prison and he, himself, had joy! Wow! “Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)..

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

When Isolation Becomes Dangerous

Isolation can be good, especially when you need to take a break from things and people. But did you know that isolation can also be dangerous? Isolation becomes dangerous when you LIVE IN IT. God wants us to fellowship with other Christians. You can’t do that if you live in isolation. Gods want you to receive encouragement as well as encourage others. You can’t do that if you live in isolation. Yes, you can encourage yourself but having other Christians in your life to KEEP you encouraged is what God wants for you. Living in isolation allows to devil to enter your thoughts and tamper with your self-esteem, your fears, and your emotions. Isolation is also selfishness. There comes a time when you will have to isolate yourself so that you can rejuvenate but it is not good TO LIVE THERE. Come forward with the mind and heart that has been renewed in Christ. Visit a church if you don’t have a church home. Start smiling and greeting strangers, even when you don’t feel like it. Tell the cashier that she is doing an amazing job. Go visit the nursing home. TThere is so much you can do to keep from living in isolation. Some of us have been hurt by people before but that doesn’t mean that EVERY PERSON YOU MEET is the same as the one who hurt you. Get down on your knees and pray to God for people to come into your life that will INSPIRE you. Develop that faith that God will deliver because HE CAN and HE WILL. “One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment” (Genesis 2:18).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery