Each morning I pull in to what I call the “Holy Spirit Service/Filling Station” for a much needed tune-up and alignment.
Before my day begins, I sit quietly before the Lord. I try to the best of my ability to “humble myself” before the Lord. I give Him all the honor and praise, asking for forgiveness of my sins, and then stating “I can’t God, but you can. Commandeer my body, soul, and mind. Take over. Align my heart, body, thoughts, words and actions with Yours, Jesus.” I ask “What can I do for you today, Lord. How can I be Your hands and feet?” I ask God what He wants me to know and to guide me in His Word/Scripture. I am never disappointed, and feel led to Scripture that He speaks to me with.
During my time in the Holy Spirit filling station, I humbly and gratefully ask for and put on the Full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20), stating each piece aloud and thinking about what each piece means; the Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith, Breastplate of Righteousness, Helmet of Salvation, Belt of Truth, and Sandals of Peace.
I then have a 30 minute drive to work in which I continue to pray in the Spirit and declare His praises. When I open my door to my classroom, I get on my knees and give God my classroom, thanking Him for the opportunity to be able to teach another day, asking Him to commandeer me as a teacher so that His Will can be accomplished in there, use me as His vessel, and take over. I pray for my students. I pray for my team, our building, and administration.
I have to do this every day because I am human and fall short, and I can’t, but He can. My true strength comes from the Lord. No matter what is going on around me in this world, it is in Christ that I can find hope and peace.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
I love this picture above for several reasons; the vintage look, that school bus with the American flag, “Phillips” and the number 66. There are 66 books in the Bible. 66 books that can strengthen me and give me answers and peace to help me each day.
Peace and blessings to you, Tanya Phillips
Feeling frustrated with people in this world? Pray for them. Pray that their hearts would fall for Jesus; the One who can set them free from their maliciousness. Pray that hearts would grow in compassion for all that Jesus loves; His people.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
This is life to me. The Lord is my go-to strength for everything.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
The Message Translation
Blessings, Tanya Phillips
Clearwater Beach, FL Jim and Tanya Phillips
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
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This is so good to remember! We are all extensions of God’s DNA!
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.