The Struggle: Saying No


“Each one should carry her or her own load.” Everyone should carry his or her own responsibilities. (Galatians 6:5)


Saying no and carrying someone else’s load has been a weakness for me for many years. I had to learn that reacting off emotions and not being Spirit lead could result in destruction, and I had many moments of destruction. And the unfortunate part is that if I said just no, I could have avoided much heartache.  Now I know that saying no does not mean that I am being selfish, it simply means that if the Spirit did not lead me to do it, than the answer is simply no. I also had to discern the appropriate time and person to bless. It took me a while and many overdue bills to learn this, as I had to persuade my heart to believe that everyone’s problems and responsibilities were not mine —  I had my own issues and responsibilities. But most importantly, I learned to put me first, focus on my family and God’s divine plan for my life. I was so busy trying to save others that I lost sight of my purpose and what my Father had planned for my life. Once I let go of my desire to save everyone, got quiet to listen to Him, He took control of my weakness and He brought in His Strength. In this season, its important to remain Spirit lead and not allow our emotions to take control, but allow the Spirit to lead and guide as to when to say NO — period.


God I come to you today for Your Strength where I am weak. I am asking that you keep me on this path that I no longer fall weak or react off my emotions. I ask you God that you strengthen those who struggle with just saying NO, and let them know that you are there, so if they fall you will pick them up. Father, I come before you because I know many of us have struggles, but we have faith that you are here to help us through any struggles that we endure. We put all our faith in You and Your Word.  I ask that You keep us covered and let it be known that you will relieve us from all our burdens. Lord, I just want to thank You for today for giving us another chance at life, for giving us a chance to change things around and walk on the right path and for just simply loving us in — Jesus name we pray AMEN.



Jason Nelson – Shifting the Atmosphere


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 Contributed by: Norell Porter

Norell raised in Ft. Lauderdale, is now a resident of Georgia. She is a dedicated wife of  three years,  the dutiful mother of four children, and a successful entrepreneur of Family First Coding Specialist. She has been a covenant partner of The Sanctuary for three years and is our Minister of Giving.  She is ambitious,  outgoing, and she takes great pleasure in giving and helping others succeed in life. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for Norell . 


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