Tuesday’s Beautiful Word: Praying- It’s The Positioning Of The Heart

When most of us think about praying, we think of being on bended knees with our hands together, and bowing our heads; with our eyes closed; and that’s great, that’s a correct way to pray of course. But what’s the position of your heart when you’re praying?

When I think of praying, I think of the positioning of my heart. In my heart, I am bowing down to Him. With reverence and with great humility in my heart, I am laying prostrate before Him. It’s such a powerful positioning of the heart to present to Him.

Just think about it; we get to bow before The Throne of Grace of The All Powerful Maker of the Universe and speak to Him! Knowing that is a humbling posture to take in itself. Yet, it’s a privilege that we don’t always take advantage of. The One, who makes all the difference in the world; the Sovereign One; calls us His friend. He is our faithful Father and a Companion to lean on.

So why do we have a hard time in always praying to Him with a bowed heart?! Is it pride?! Is it that we don’t know how?! Is it that we don’t want to give up our control?! Control of what the world would consider as being weak?!

I think it’s much deeper than that. I think, that most of us have a difficult time processing that we are actually able to commune with The Almighty God. Jehovah! Yahweh! The God who set all things into motion; who called all things into being; is yours and my friend whom “we get” to pray to. The only true God would allow us to have fellowship with Him. It’s a humbling thought to grasp no doubt! But it is also what we, as God’s children, are privy to.

So how can we be more enabling of the positioning of our heart’s to Him; more mindful of how we approach God? We have to be willing to die to self; your emotions, your thoughts and what you want; give up yourself and don’t think about yourself! Just think of Him! Think of His goodness surrounding you. Encompassing you. Being a hedge of protection all around you and rest in it; relax in it! Be willing to allow Him to absolve your entire being in the warmth of His glory and majesty. Allow yourself to be free and without thought of anything but Him. Be willing to be vulnerable and open and transparent. Take the position of a contrite heart and mind. Be moldable. Be willing to be consumed by Him.

And with all of that positioning of oneself; the positioning of ones heart; transformation takes place! A new you evolves. A recreated being comes forth! We become awakened to the feelings of being renewed and refreshed having been in His presence. That is the positioning of the heart. That is praying to The Almighty God!

Know Your Worth And Conquer Your Destiny!

This was my very first blog post, dated June 2022. I thought it was worth sharing again.

I’m sitting here in my bedroom wondering what to write about in my very first blog post? I’m so not a computer person. In fact, I’m so not “tech savvy” that I don’t even know if this blog is live yet. But, what came to my heart is that, you don’t have to be techno savvy to know that peoples hearts are aching. With each and every passing day, some of God’s most gifted and talented children are going to their graves without having ever realized how great they were born to be.

If that is you, and you don’t know your value; you have been told a lie! That’s the trickery of the enemy! He doesn’t want you to become aware of and enlightened to your greatest destiny!

I realize that it’s not easy coming out of that kind of a mindset and curse, but people, we must! You are so painfully awesome that I believe it grieves the Father’s heart to see you in any other condition!

So what’s the answer Monica? What’s the thing to do next?! Call on Him! And call on Him loudly! Let there be desperation in our voices; pleadings within our hearts! Lament and mourn for the person you were destined to be! Know your worth and conquer your destiny!!!

Until my next posting, my prayer is for you to give Him a try and be set free! “He in whom the Son sets free is free indeed” John 8:36.

I would love to hear your comments?!

Knowing Your Worth And Conquering Your Destiny! Be determined to be the beautiful person you were created to be.

Devotional: When You Find Me

Recapture the love relationship you once shared with the Lord. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” James 4:8. Humility Cures Worldliness.

Previously I shared with you in the Devotional: Out Of The Darkness how God had given me a beautiful life and also how I turned away from that beautiful life and Him when I thought He was calling me to preach. And my life spiraled out of control as a result of running from Him. The enemy stole seventeen years of my life from me. But in my repentant and humbled heart, I cried out to God, and in His great mercy towards me; He gave me Joel 2:25, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locusts has eaten”. And that is exactly what He is doing!

Devotional: When You Find Me

When you find Me, you will find that I’ve been right here all along. You see, I never left you….you left Me. But now that you know that I am still here for you, what is your hearts’ desire?

When you find Me, you will discover that I am still your faithful Father. I am your Rock to lean on. Let Me have all of your burdens; they’re weighing you down and you were not designed to carry such a heavy load.

When you find Me, stay for awhile, spend time with Me. I will make everything good for you again. Stay close to Me and never let Me go. Life is not desirable without Me.

When you find Me, let the world know all about Me. There are others that need Me just as much as you do, so share Me with others. Tell them of My goodness and how much I care for them. Tell them I am here to take on their struggles. I died on the Cross for you and for them. Death couldn’t keep Me in the grave and neither shall it keep you there.

Come alive again My child, you have much work to do. I created you for service; for Kingdom building, for helping to see others through. And in helping others, you will begin to see your way through. So, when you find Me, never leave Me again My child, never leave Me again. Peace and Amen. Monica Bell

No Man Shall Pluck You Out Of My Hands! John 10:28

A New Day To Be Free!

Yesterday is forever gone. Today is new with many many possibilities. What will you exchange these next few hours of your life for?! You see, once you spend it, it’s gone; gone forever! So how valuable is today to you?! What will you do, say and be today?! Caution: Be mindful; you’re exchanging it for a day spent from your life hours!

Will you choose to use this day to be free and to live your best life, or will you exchange this valuable commodity for a day filled with depression, anxiety, worry and the like? It’s up to you; it’s really up to you. You have control of your will, God gave us free will, but, it is the Father that does the drawing. The drawing of our mind unto Himself. The drawing of our thoughts and our desires to want to submit them to Him. We exchange our will for His will to be done in our lives. You control whether you will invite God to be a part of this day or will you make the choice to leave Him out of today and go your own way.

The Bible saids, that for every temptation, God has already made a way of escape,(1 Corinthians 10:13). That means, that when we are tempted to do, say, or perform any unrighteous act; God has already made a way for you and I to choose his way out of that temptation. It’s just a matter of will we choose the way of escape He has set before us. The way He would be pleased that we have chosen, or our fleshly way; what we want.

I’ll grant you, it’s not easy, if it were, this wouldn’t be an issue we face today. But, it is doable, otherwise why would He have said it?! I have found that the more I give my fleshly desires to Him and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me; it becomes easier and easier to choose His way in my decision making. It becomes what the world would call our “second nature”, but, I believe, since we were made in God’s image; I believe, it’s actually our “first nature”. It’s just that life has taken us so far away from our true and intended nature; the nature we have like God’s nature; that doing His will first, has become our “second nature”. And that’s why we have a difficult time making His life choices in our lives. But, you let the Holy Spirit have His way with you, and you will find that making good, honorable, godly life choices, feels right; Righteous! His Righteous Right Way becomes the dominant way. And before you know it; over time; if we try to do life our way, the Holy Spirit will convict us and we then, won’t wanna do life any other way, but His way! Wow! God is so awesome in the way He has designed us!

So what choices will you make today in exchange for a day of your life?! Will you listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit; His leading? When you feel Him drawing you this way to the right and not that way to the left, which way will you choose?! When He wants you to give a “kind” answer and not your “bad attitude” answer, what answer will you give?! When He prompts you and say “love him or her anyway”, will you choose to love?! Like I said, it is so not easy, but, it is doable! How will you spend your day today….your life hours?!

With Love In My Heart, Monica

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His Righteous Right Way

How To Find God: Search For Him With Your Whole Heart!

A few months ago, I very sincerely and humbly asked the Lord, “what is the problem people are having today?” And He said, “Finding Me”, “How To Connect With Me”. These words were surprising to me, and then again, they weren’t surprising to me!

I knew exactly what He meant, because I felt that way in my heart also. I knew that most people did’nt know how to find God. Most of us are walking around feeling like God is either mad with us or thinking that we don’t know the “pretty right words” to say to Him. I guess what was surprising to me is how quickly He answered me.

Finding God and connecting with God are actually two easy things to do; when we search for Him with a sincere heart. I think people complicate the communion and the loving relationship we can have with Almighty God. God has graciously made it to where a little child can have a relationship with Him. It’s us adults that “mess it up” and make it confusing or even strange! God is so gently aware and giving of Himself that all we have to do is ask in faith and believe. Hebrews 11:6 saids, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must first believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him”. We must believe that when we’re seeking Him with our whole heart as Jeremiah 29:13 says(You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart), we will be found by Him. He hears us and He’s listening.

When you deeply sense that God is talking to you; don’t second guess it. Just believe. Believe that you are hearing from God. Learn what His Word saids about what you believe you are hearing from Him. Does it line up with His Word? (listen, the devil ain’t gonna tell you to go out and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ!, he aint gonna tell you to write beautiful words of comfort for your fellow man, he ain’t gonna tell you to be lovely and kind to one another!) So is it the voice of God you’re hearing?! Learn what God’s voice sounds like to you. Engage with Him. And when you know, that you know, that you know, that it is God’s voice you are hearing; believe! Talk to Him like He’s your Father, because He is. He’s your loving Father. Talk to Him like a friend, because He is your friend. He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24, ” A man of many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother “.

He said to come to Him with “childlike faith,” Not “childish”, but childlike. Come to Him with a true, sincere, humble and contrite heart. We are to reverence All Mighty God. Reverence His deity; and His Holiness. Reverence the God that He is. But at the same time, feel comfortable enough to talk to Him like a friend, like your best friend. In fact, tell Him more than you would ever tell your best friend. That’s what makes our relationship with God so beautiful; we can tell Him Everything, Anything and All Things…..we can tell Him our heart.

We can’t approach God with insincerity in our heart’s, no, no, we have to be honest and true when we come to God’s throne. He already knows your heart anyway, so be real! He sees right through the mask and that hog-wash. So don’t be fake, be for real. It’s just you and Him; and if it’s not just you and Him, get to a place where it can be just you and Him. He’s so kind and gentle. He wants His children to know how much He loves them; how much He cares about everything that concerns you.

The bible says, draw near to God and He will draw near to you; James 4:8. He’s so patient with us and He’s a faithful and dedicated Father. He is always tending to the needs of His children. I think what we tend to do is bring God down to mankind’s ways of thinking and how we behave and expect that we are going to treat Almighty God the same way! Not happening! That’s not how it goes! God is not to be treated like “mere man”. Don’t bring Him down to our level but let Him lift us up to His standards! Try seeing from God’s perspective. And the only way we can do that is to learn about Him and His ways, by reading His Word. Get to know your loving Father.

I know it can feel uncomfortable at first, but trust Him! Trust His way! After a while of regularly seeking Him and talking to Him, it’ll get easier and easier to bring your troubles and your thoughts to Him. Find God and commune with Him! He’s a loving and caring Father and He is always there for you. Amen.

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Devotional: Out Of The Darkness

Today’s Devotional has a very personal flavor to it, in that, I must tell a brief background story about my life for you to really understand it’s meaning to me and from where in my heart it comes from. And it all begins with where I found myself about five years ago.

About twenty years ago, my life was great. I had everything a woman could want. It was great; until it wasn’t anymore! I had a good relationship with the Lord. We were very close. But, when I believed that He was calling me to preach, I ran from God and turned away from the calling on my life. I was afraid to teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I ran! And for seventeen years I ran. As a result of turning away from God, my life began to spiral out of control. I was met with some awful situations I found myself in. I even became a statistic of the opiate crisis we are still fighting today.

To make a long story short, I became addicted to pain pills. It was bad! And I was in a bad head space, (a bad heart space too)! Pain pills became my cunning best friend. I didn’t care about anything else. It got so bad, that I didn’t pay any of my bills and with that, my lights got turned off. I remember spending the winter of 2017 in my big, cold house, all alone, with no power, heat, or water. Yes, it was that bad!

But you know what, it was the best thing that could’ve happened to me! Because it drove me to my knees, and I began to cry out to God! One day, as I was reading my bible; in the dark, the Lord said to me, “even if the lights were on, you would still be in the dark”. Wow!!! That was deep! But so true! I truly was in darkness in more ways than one! That year, five years ago, I went for help and I’ve been free and clean ever since. You see, when you think that you are “all that and a bag of chips”, the Lord will humble you!!! Take heed lest you be next!

Anyway, a couple of years later, God gave me “Out Of The Darkness”, and it goes like this….

“Come out My child, come out of the darkness. There is still a glimpse of light there, go to it, it will help you to see your way out of the darkness.

You will find peace there, you will find hope and love there, joy and happiness. You are not meant to stay where you are, so go to the light. It remains there waiting for you. Don’t be afraid, come My lovely one, take My hand and I will guide you through. There is another side to your struggle. There is freedom on the other side, hope, a new life with new desires and all that you need. I, am on that other side. I assure you, you have nothing to fear. Just trust Me. I won’t let you down. There is fresh love there for you. Your battle is over, you have overcome.

So walk through it, talk your way through it; pray your way through it…. even sing your way through it! The eyes of the Lord are upon you, watching over you.

And when you get to the other side, shout! Shout Hallelujah! Give Him praise. He inhabits the praise! All the glory is His! No one else has done this for you. It is He, the One who adores you.”

So shout! And shout again! Hallelujah! Out of the Darkness into His Marvelous Light! Peace and Amen. Monica Bell

From Darkness Into His Light

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Devotional: When You Are Ready

When you are ready, come to Me. I Am here waiting…..waiting for you to come to Me.

I know the troubles that you have seen and the ongoing battles that you have fought and I Am here for you. You don’t have to go through this alone. You can count on Me, I’ll never leave you or forsake you.

I know right now it feels like the days are too long, and the nights are so very lonely, but when you are ready; in the stillness of your room, light a candle and pray, and in that warm glow, begin to pour out your heart to Me. I will hear you and I will answer you. You will find peace there, peace that the world didn’t give to you and the world can’t take it away from you.

I’m here to comfort you. This is our precious and sacred time together. The Lord comforts all those in whom He loves, and that means You My Love.

So when you are ready, seek My face and let Me love on you. I’ll change your world, and “show you great and mighty things which you do not know,”(Jeremiah 33:3). In your world, the Son will shine again; your burdens will flow away. You will never have to worry about them ever again.

When you are ready, come, My arms are open wide to you. When you are ready, Come. Peace and Amen. Monica Bell

“I AM” waits for you….Come.

Who Am I And Where Did I Come From?!

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”

So, you say, I don’t think that’s true. I don’t know if I believe that.

Well how do you think you were made? How do you think you came to be? Did you come out of a rock or a shell? Were you dug up from the place of “no where”? What are your thoughts about you; and where you come from?

Let me raise a question to you; if you don’t know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made; than how do you know that you weren’t fearfully and wonderfully made? Could it be that you just haven’t made the discovery yet? Could it be that you are still in darkness; where satan wants you?

What am I saying? I am saying, wouldn’t you want to know; wouldn’t you want to be sure of where you came from? Why not do some soul searching and digging? Find out for yourself who you really are.

Why do I raise this question anyway? Because I believe that when we discover who we are and where we come from; we get to know ourselves better. We come to know the vastness of our being. We get to discover the greatness of our design! And we began to walk in it……to grow into it!

When we discover and know the Divine Being who created us; how He formed and shaped us and knew us before we were in our mother’s womb; we will discover our complete selves. All the wonder and the depth of our core being.

So, search it out for yourselves and let me know what you come up with. I dare you?! I invite your comments!

Discovering your deep inner beauty! A beautiful coral colored flower!
Discover Your Beautiful Self!!!

Tuesday’s Beautiful Word: Joy

A Beautiful Word To Ponder Today: Joy – What is the meaning of Joy and where does Joy come from? What is the difference between Joy and Happiness? How can I experience Joy?

Joy is a gladness in our heart no matter our circumstances.

Chaos can be happening all around you and your joy will not be stolen. Joy is an inner gladness that won’t be shaken! Real joy comes from knowing and obeying God in everything! As we obey God and His instructions in His Word; we experience the Joy of the Lord. The joy of the Holy Spirit rises in us. Nehemiah 8:10 saids, “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. God’s joy gives us great strength to press on and be happy, in spite of our situations. John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full“. It pleases the Lord God to bless His children with merriment of heart with joy and gladness. His love is joy to feed your soul! It is His good pleasure to fill us with joy everlasting.

God is the “foundation of our life” and what “we get” to experience; nothing happens without Him. How do you get to feel Joy in the Lord? ● Discover the Lord’s purpose for you. You are more than ordinary….. you are extraordinary! Finding one’s purpose brings fulfillment and happiness! ● As we praise God in Worship, our heart’s are filled with joy. Worship Him! ● Another key in finding joy is to recognize God’s hand in your life, even during challenging moments. ●Look for God in the little things. Be appreciative for the simple joys you get to feel; like, seeing a smile on a child’s face; or hearing the laughter of children playing. ● Try having a heart filled with gratitude and watch your joy multiply.

Happiness may come and go, but joy remains. The stage set for happiness is sometimes staged with what our circumstances present to us, but not so with joy.

Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” When we make God our foundation for every aspect of our lives, we find true and genuine joy. Joy for a lifetime. Joy unspeakable and full of glory. Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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You Are A Gift! You Have A Gift! Your Gifts Are Worth Pursuing!

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:31 about the gifts God has given to His children, he encourages Christians to “eagerly desire the greater gifts”. In Romans 12:6-8, the gifts are; Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leadership, and Mercy; (More gifts are spoken of; like Pastors and Shepherding and others, in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Ephesians 4:11 and in 1 Peter 4:11). Eagerly desire the gifts; Jesus paid a high price. The Holy Spirit stirs up those gifts in us; so why not perfect them for the glory of God?! Why not find out what your gifts are; why they were given to you and use them for His glory? God could have chosen anyone to give your talents and gifts to, but He chose to give them to you. Why?

No one can do the things you’re able to do like you! You are not ordinary… you are extraordinary! Why not use your gifts to help someone who’s hurting in this world?! There are so many ways your gifts and talents can offer hope to someone in need. When we think about and fully understand the gifts we were given, from the Almighty Himself; and the abilities we possess, and how much it cost the Savior; we would never squander away those gifts and talents. The God Almighty thought enough of you to bless you with those beautiful gifts! Use them! And bring Him glory!!!

What are you talented in? What do you do and do it well? What seems to come to you with such ease? Do you have a spirit of exploration? Are you a natural Leader? Maybe you have an ability to draw or you speak well….maybe even writing. Charles Surgeon said “Jesus needs Sanctified writers”! Are you an Encourager, do you enjoy lifting peoples spirit? Are you the one with that Teacher attitude….being quick to correct someone’s grammar?! Search your Soul loved one and come to life! You’ll be a better person for it.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your gifts to you,(they are empowered by Him). Ask Him to “stir up” the gifts in you! You will be amazed to see how the Holy Spirit works! Make it known to God that you are tired of sitting on your hands and that you are ready for action! Make it known to Him how serious you are to start learning from Him. Once you enter into His glory of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, nothing else will satisfy you! You Are A Gift. You Have A Gift. Pursue Your Gift.

You Are A Gift!
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