Why God Doesn’t Serve You Leftovers

Need a touch of God's mercy but not sure he's willing to give you a fresh dose? Good news: God doesn't do leftovers!

Read below or listen to the podcast.

I have a confession to make: The only time I like leftovers is when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Like last night.

I was tired. I had a tough day solving problems and technical issues on one of my websites as well as conflicts with booking speaking engagements.

At the end of yesterday when my family was asking, "Mom, what’s for dinner?"

I didn’t have it in me to lift a finger. Have you been there?

I just didn’t even want to invest any energy even thinking about what I could whip up because I had nothing planned nothing!

I looked at my 16 yr old daughter and said sheepishly…

“Leftovers?”

She wasn’t thrilled.

How about you? Do you like leftovers?

I typically don’t like leftovers unless they are YUMMY!

So have you been in a spot where you looked up at God and said, "What have you got for me?

I’m hungry in the relationship area. I’m hungry in the health arena. I’m hungry in my job for a promotion… "God, what have you got for me?”

Listen: You will NEVER hear God say: "Leftovers!"

Here’s how I know God doesn’t do leftovers:

His mercies are new every morning.

Look at what the Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)

I Love that last line - "Great is thy faithfulness"…even when I’m not.

Yep, God is faithful to you even when you’re not faithful to him.

That’s mercy! That’s grace!

And he doesn’t assess what you’ve done that day or haven’t done - and say – “Nope, you haven’t done enough for me or others today - So I’m not giving you something new - You’re just getting leftovers!”

NO! His mercies are new every morning. 

  • Some mornings you may need more patience than others.
  • Some days you may need more love for a coworker.
  • Some days you may need a little more strength to get the job done, or the house cleaned, or the oil changed or the diapers changed.
  • Some days you need more strength to get through a chemotherapy treatment.
  • Some days you need more help than others.

Know what? God doesn’t serve up what’s left over from the day before!
He serves up something fresh and new!

Unlike me - I turn to leftovers when I’m too tapped out to cook or lacking time. God’s got his world under more control than I do.

He’s capable of whipping up something new for you every morning. Every day. He has unlimited resources!

So to you who’s marriage is falling apart, yes, you, the one who wrote to me and said your husband walked out on you... God’s got new mercies for you tomorrow morning.

You who wrote me and said you're weak from sickness and disease - God has new mercy for you today.

You who are depressed and down - God’s mercies are waiting for you today. And he’s got everything you could possibly need to get you through your day. And the next day and the next day!

Reminds me of the scripture, Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (ESV)

Let me paraphrase that - Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow you - all the days of your life.

God’s mercies are new for you every morning. And, they're going to follow you through out your day!

God doesn’t do leftovers - aren’t you glad!

Click here for the podcast version of Why God Doesn't Serve You Leftovers.

Does God Scare You

Does God Scare You?

Do you feel like you are never good enough, can never do enough, or never have enough faith for God to love and accept you?

  • If you are feeling like you are constantly under the watchful eye of a God who wants to catch you doing something wrong...
  • Or that all he remembers are the things you've done wrong in the past...

I want you to take a deep breathe and relax.

You're about to get free.

Could it be that your own earthly father goofed up your thoughts of what a loving father should be? Let's think through this a moment. It will help you understand why God may scare you.

If you're dad or mom for that matter, didn't give you the eye of approval growing up, if your parents hurt you terribly, if they abandoned you, or ignored you, you may have issues with God.

They Kept Him But Didn't Love Him

A man named Zudu, from a dirt poor villiage, grew up this way. He was born out of wedlock - a mistake from birth. Because his parents didn't want him, they looked for a way to get rid of him when he was born. They couldn't find a family who would adopt Zudu, nor any family members who would take him, so they kept him, but didn't love him.

His father never bounced him on his knee, never taught him how to throw a ball or hunt or fish. His mother used him as a slave to gather wood, water, and do all the hard labor.

Zulu had sisters who were treated much better. They were wanted. They were smiled upon. They were clothed with the best his parents could offer. But Zulu? Zulu was second class. Actually - more like 3rd class or 4th class...or no class.

His parents hardly ever looked him in the eye. Hardly ever touched him with care. He began to believe it was his fault he was unloved and unapproved of. Who could blame him? This is how he knew his father and mother. He knew no security, no compassion, no acceptance.

Because Zulu had issues with his earthly father - it caused him to have issues with his heavenly father. How could his heavenly father love him differently than his earthly father? This caused him to fear God because he feared his own dad. He couldn't wrap his head around unconditional love because it was something he never had.

That was Zulu's issue. What's yours?

Do You Have a Hidden Issue With God?

If so, know this - God has no issues with you.

He loves you.

No matter what you've done. No matter what you haven't done. You are loved by your heavenly Father. Simply. Purely. Unconditionally.

John 3:16 NLT:

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

I pray right now that God will become more and more real to you. Though He is already extremely accepting of you - I pray that you will SEE Him as extremely accepting of you. I pray that you will experience the intimate love God wants to love you with. And when you feel it, it will heal you, restore you, and transform you because His love for you is limitless.

Enter The No-Fault Zone

Today, right now, you are covered by God's amazing grace.

  • Your Heavenly Father isn't looking to judge you for your mistakes or sins.
  • He has already judged your mistakes and blamed His own Son, Jesus for them.
  • This gives you the right to walk away - clean.
  • This also gives you the right to "feel O.K."

1 John 4:18 - 19 NLT:

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

Now, how do you feel? Does God still scare you? I hope not. If you need a little more assurance, listen to this short podcast I recorded for you, "How to Convince Yourself that Jesus Loves You (iTunes.) (or use this direct link on the podcast site for Android or Computer listening.) "

Here’s a Pep-Talk From God if You’re Feeling Down

Down? Discouraged? Not sure which way to go or what to do next? Here's a little something that will lift your spirits. Let's call it a pep talk from God. Read this little post with a prayer and let him coach you toward victory. It's probably just what you need today to get you out of your funk.

Picture This:

You were feeling like a train wreck. Nothing seemed to be working for you. Tears were building up behind your eyes and the dam of emotion was just about to burst. You didn’t think you were going to make it, but then God got a hold of you and changed your mind!  A little talk did the trick. He gave you a new outlook and showed you how to see behind the clouds. He whispered some things that you’ve been eager to hear. Now you’re good, the little pep talk he gave you will help you carry on.

Scripture This:

Romans 15:4 NLT

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

Lamentations 3:24-26 MSG

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,

his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.

They’re created new every morning.

How great your faithfulness!

I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).

He’s all I’ve got left.

Pray This:

God, remind me when I get down and can’t see my way up, to take a few minutes to consult with you. I know just a moment in your presence can change everything. My circumstances. My perspective. And certainly my outcome. I invite you to keep me on track. I need you to keep me focused. Coach me Lord, to the finish line.

Say This:

I just received a pep talk from God. When I read his word, he gives me the boost I need to carry on. Like a personal coach, he’s right there, pushing me toward victory. He calms me when I’m upset and he helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m going to make it, he says so, and I believe every word.

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The Ultimate Prayer-Play Book to Help You Win In Every Situation


My son's varsity basketball playbook is setting on the couch. So a few minutes ago I moseyed over there to take a look. Flipping though it I discovered a lot of detail. Man! I had no idea the plays he had to memorize!

That playbook's an asset he can refer back to when he needs to know what the coach has called for. In fact, if he and his teammates didn't have that playbook, they wouldn't have made it to regionals. They've become district champs and tonight they play for the title of regional champs. BUT, if those guys don't study that book, learn those plays, and execute them…it's over.

For Every Challenge or Need, God Has Outlined a Play We Can Pray

Ever felt like your prayers were useless? Like even though you prayed, you were beaten? How are you feeling right now? Like you have no chance of victory? Hold up! We too have a playbook. It’s a "Prayer-Play" Book.

With this playbook we have every "prayer-play" for every situation our opponent challenges us with. We just have to know the plays. And knowing the plays is really not as difficult as it seems. You don't even have to memorize EVERY play. You just need to know where to find the plays. Let me show you how easy this is.

1st, Go Grab the Playbook!

Where do you get this playbook? Well, you probably already have one. Yes, I'm talking about the Bible. And if you don't have one, you can get access to it online or even get a Bible app on your Smartphone.

It's never been easier to find specific plays directly from our coach's mouth. God gives us the plays in the Bible. For every problem, every challenge, every type of situation, God has outlined a play we can pray. The Bible is FULL of wisdom and golden nuggets. We just have to play them…or rather pray them!

We are promised success if we execute the plays in God's word.

Josh 1:8 NLT says:

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Where to Find Specific Prayer-Plays for Specific Problems:

Got a concordance? Get it out. Don't have one? No sweat, get to your computer, tablet, or Smartphone and use a search engine. Google, Bing, Yahoo. Whatever your search engine of choice - it will double as your concordance.

1. Simply Search 

I say simply because it's not hard. Type in what you need a scripture for. Example: Need a scripture on hope? Type in: "Scriptures on hope". Need help figuring out how to pray for children? Type in: "Scriptures to pray over kids." It's that simple. Need strength? You know what to do. Either search for “strength” online or go to your concordance (usually at the back of your Bible) and look it up.

2. Make a Prayer-Play Book

Once you find the scripture references, look them up and write them down. Then take each scripture and pray them. You can personalize by inserting the name of the person you are praying for.

For example, this morning I needed an extra dose of energy and stamina. So I grabbed a scripture about strength and inserted myself into the scripture and prayed it like this:

I can do all things through Christ because he strengthens me. (From Philippians 4:13)

A couple weeks ago, a member of this blog community was having a hard time knowing what to do about a situation. I found this scripture and prayed it over her by inserting her name into it. I prayed it out loud like this:

I pray that Patricia will trust in the Lord with all her heart; and that she will not depend on her own understanding. I pray Patricia will seek God's will in all she does, and he will show her which path to take. (From Proverbs 3:5)

This is how I prayed for my family this morning:

I have not stopped thanking God for Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany. I'm asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give them spiritual wisdom and insight so that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany might grow in their knowledge of God. I pray that their hearts will be flooded with light so that they can understand the confident hope he has given to them. I also pray that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power. (From Ephesians 1 NLT)

As I'm reading my Bible, I just pop the names of my husband and two teenagers into the scriptures and pray it over them. I pray God's play!

Making a "Prayer-Play Book" is as simple as gathering scriptures concerning your opponent (what your dealing with, or the need in your life) and praying the verses. Do that, and you will have a playbook right from God's mouth.

Search for his plays, pray his plays. and you will score. 

P.S. Congrats on your win!

Let us know how you have prayed some of God’s plays. If you want, you can even pray a little prayer-play over your fellow blog readers. Put your prayer for them in the comment section for every one to read! Thanks!

Top 7 Posts of the Year According to My Readers

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Here's a flash from the past - the top 7 posts of the year according to my readers. Find something you may have missed that might be just what you need today. Enjoy. Or hey,  re-enjoy!!

  1. How You Might Be Reversing the Prayers You've Been Praying in Faith - Have you ever found yourself saying the exact opposite of what you have been praying? Whoa Nelly! How can that be? Let me show you how negative statements can reverse the prayers you have been pleading to have answered. Read here.
  2. Why Prayers Without Emotion are Just as Powerful - Many times I've had a blank stare piercing the heavens with no feeling behind it. I didn't feel like I could feel God's presence and I wondered if something was terribly wrong. Can you relate? Have you ever prayed this way?  Click here and let me ease that feeling for you.
  3. 3 Fear Busting Prayers You Can Pray on the Fly - Fear. If it's got its grip on you, pray these quick prayers to loosen it. Pray them every time you are faced with a fear or concern over your life or a situation. Watch as God comes to your rescue and fear melts away. Get started with this…
  4. The Biggest Thing That Kills Your Prayers and How to Get Rid of It Immediately - You've probably killed some of your prayers over your lifetime. I know I have! So what's the biggest thing that kills your prayers & how are you supposed to get rid of it?  Here's the answer.
  5. 5 Ways You Can Slap Your Enemies Around with Prayer - We all have enemies, right? The Bible warns, “Beware when all men speak well of you!” No matter how loving and friendly you are - you'll always have an enemy just because you live and breathe. Here's how you can fix em!
  6. Why Pray When God Already Knows What You Need? - Are you thinking sometimes God plays dumb when you are obviously in need and he does nothing about it? He sees, right? The all-knowing God certainly knows when there is lack on your horizon. Then why doesn't he do something without you pressing him with requests? Let me give you a little glimpse into a father's heart…click here.
  7. 3 Reasons Praying Out-loud Gets the Enemy Off Your Back- Do most of your prayers take place inside your head? If you're like me, I have a running conversation with God all day long and a lot of it takes place inside my mind via my thoughts. And while that's good, there are reasons why praying out loud will get the enemy off your back. Let me show you why this is so powerful. Find out  here.

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