To start your day.
Good morning Jesus…
Despite the chaos in our world, the difficultyin our situations, or moments we have fallen to our challenges … There is still so much to be thankful for!
I found my self in the stillness of You, and realised again that I am loved by the King of Kings, adored by The Creator! I remembered that in me You have created a Masterpiece!
Please guard my thoughts, and protect my heart, always!
I love you.
At a time when I allowed my own strength and ability get me through God pressed on me Isaiah 46: 4, (conveniently on the morning I turned 23)
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you
Following God as our main purpose and priority in life is not easy. At some point in time, it’s going to be hard to stay true to faith over what we can see or understand. That’s because in the world and culture we live in, we have the enemy convincing us that where we are now is not temporary, that there is no such thing as ‘a heaven’, no opportunity to see God face to face. Satan has us thinking that Jesus can only be enough momentarily; that God can only loves us when we’re good, that God can’t be the answer to everything.
The life and suffering of Jesus is a proof of Isaiah 46: 4. In other biblical versions the word ‘sustain’ is used in the verse. To sustain something is to nourish, to support, to strengthen. To sustain something can also mean ‘to undergo, or suffer’. God sent Jesus, who not only provided a solution through life, He sent Jesus to also sustain our sufferings, sustain the worst of it on our behalf. Jesus bears the pains of sin, carries the weight of our failures so that we live to freedom – that’s deliverance: the act of being rescued, or ‘set free’.
God is sufficient. He is enough.
Hope you’ve had a very blessed Easter Celebration!
I was watching a sermon earlier, and Bishop T.D. Jakes shared that moments of turmoil aren’t defined by what the situation is, but more so how we feel during those situations. Everyone has accidentally tripped up in public, but not everyone will feel incredibly embarrassed about it. Everyone has faced deep hurt, but not everyone will respond to it the same because emotionally, everyone will be different. Moments of turmoil, and challenges are a reality of life but you/me have a partial control on the way in which the situation will unfold. You can either let situations overwhelm you, steal your joy, and reel you into a state of carelessness. Or, you can hand over your troubles to the One who can go BEFORE you. – Doing that second part is easily said than done (trust me, I know the difficulty all too well lol), but it can be done when you renew your mind to take God’s perspective and allow THAT to shape the way you live. God’s perspective is found in the bible, in your prayer, when you call on Him (John 10: 3).
Don’t allow for situations to overcome you, and the way that it can is with a unhealthy mindset. What’s your mindset towards; studying, parents, finance, marriage, church, physical appearance, YOURSELF, … etc? Emotions, and mindsets go hand in hand (well, thats what I think anyway). The way you feel in a situation will give you an indication on what you need to do about it. In Mark 2: 21-22, Jesus explained that nothing new can be put onto something old. I took this approach in my own struggles with my mindset towards myself, and my journey… in order for God to move me along, a renewal is needed. God is not a God who does things unfinished, when He has something else planned, He’ll make sure I too am ready, fully prepared.
Its lent season! Like every year, I never know what to expect. I cherish lent as one of the opportunities to prepare myself for the rest of this year, and upcoming seasons. For lent 2016, I find myself chasing new heights in my own personal growth, more specifically, a needed alter and edification of my mindset. It’s been a sloppy, unsteady start, please pray for me! And likewise, I pray that at whatever stage in you’re journey you are in, you hold tightly to God’s perspective, and most importantly, remember always that you are incredibly loved despite the way you feel, or think!
God loves you, He fights for You, for Your Joy!
Thank you for a new day!
Thankful Lord that even when I’m so wrapped up in my own way of living, even when I’ve failed to do my part, You are still so faithful, so merciful!
In need of you this morning. Strength for disciplin, and Confidence in Your ways over mine is what I need God. Guard my heart, and bless those who are also in need of You this day.
I love you.
Flowers are seriously the most beautiful things! As a joke I always tell my friends that one day I’ll have my dream garden flourishing different plants… But as they all know, I can’t comitt to replying to their texts or make time, so imagine me maintaining a garden!? 😂 I wish and still dream of it though… To build my house in front of a Botanical so at least I can enjoy the garden minus the work that goes into it. Hahaha… That’s sounds so terrible, but my point is: flowers have such a beauty about them. Isn’t is interesting how from a single seed you get this stalk, doesn’t look so pretty initially, and then when the time comes you get this beautiful flower!? – I amaze myself thinking about it… The colours, the fragrance… It’s so cool hehe
In the last few days I’ve had repetitive messages about seeds and the harvest. Probably is God trying to tell something, but just quickly I thought I’d share a couple of the messages I got consecutively this week which stood out:
1. During a famine. Like I was saying before, there’s a period where you don’t see any flowers blossom, and so the plant/tree doesn’t look as pretty, looks a little empty. At times, that’s us in present trials. We experience certain moments where we feel nothing is going right, or happening, things seem ‘dry’. For me; I feel spiritually tired, because I think Gods gone silent, or I feel I’ve been in a certain season for too long. If that’s you right now, hang in there! Like every plant, eventually there’s a blossom… Or like every crop… In the right time, there’s a Harvest! If You decide to give in or give up, you’re causing your plant to wither.
2. The second message I got about this was to maintain your seeds! How do we maintain our seeds? We first make sure our Soil is right. The most nourishing soil to plant your seeds in is in God: if you’ve surrendered everything to Him in prayer, then you’ve planted your seeds in the best soil. Your next job is to maintain the growth of your seed by watering it with some gratefulness, trust, forgiveness, kindness, and the bible. Do that daily, for joy is new each morning!
I wasn’t suppose to make this post as long as it is… I’m honestly working on reducing my word count haha… *typical girl 😂.
Anyway, i thought To share that! God literally just affirmed and confirmed what my season is like… And it’s something along those lines. I won’t lie, it’s a fight to stay focussed; often I wonder if what I’m doing is His Will, or what that actually looks like. But what’s been so helpful is finding the grace moments in the day and trusting that it’s God up to something – incognito as they say 😊
Have a good day today!
God bless! 🌼
My nephews prayer went something like this tonight:
“Dear God, thank you for the plants that grow and keep the people alive. Thank you for the whole world, it doesn’t matter if it’s bad or cold, thanks!”
– Indeed, thank you Jesus for the things as small as the plants, and things as big as our world! Please Jesus, in everything small or big, help us to see You and fight to, to be a little more grateful, a little more joyous and all the more loving of everything around us!
We love you!