I wanted to share this song with you all that my mother wrote. Of course, it is not the finished version, but I know that it sure blessed me. I wanted to share this because often times, the devil will try to make you doubt yourself. Know your worth. Know that you are precious in God’s sight. Know that He loves you and know that you are who He says that you are. I pray that this song will inspire you just as much as it inspires me.
Throughout life we face many obstacles and disappointments. Some worse than others. The important thing to remember is that there are no losses, but only lessons. Every situation that you go through is God preparing you for greater. Reflect on your past experiences, and I mean really reflect. Did you learn something? Did you grow some? I know that I did.
Leaving JMU, seemed like a loss for me at first. However, when I look back I realize that it was all a part of God’s plan to grow and stretch me. JMU showed me what my passion really was. Then there is the abusive situationship that I was in. For some that would be counted as a loss, but to me that was also a lesson. I learned that if a man hits you once, he will more then likely do it again. I learned that my job is not to save the world, and that you can only help those who want to be helped. Another lesson I learned is that abuse is not always physical, but it can be emotional and psychological as well. Since that situation, I have been able to help so many others walk away from abusive relationships. To me, it was a lesson worth learning.
Bad situations are only losses if you look at them that way rather than taking the lessons from them. Charlamagne Tha God said, “You have to embrace the process before you can reap the rewards.” This is extremely true. In order to really see God’s purpose you have to embrace the process. You can not get so caught up in questioning Him, but you have to be sure to trust Him. You have to learn how to look at the bigger picture, and grab on to what God needs you to get from each situation. With God there are no losses.
The semester is finally over! Thank God! I have finished finals and I am feeling extremely accomplished. This semester was a little rough, but I am confident that the next one will be better. To all of you, who have more schooling to go keep pushing. We can do it! For the graduating Class of 2018 you have made it! I am so proud of all of you and where God is taking you. Be sure to continue to let God direct your paths. Let Him order your steps, and give you instructions on what to do next. To those attending Grad school, you can do it! You have already proven it by getting one degree. You can do anything that you set out to do. Be encouraged!
Today I just want to encourage you all to be encouraged. Never forget that what you are going through is temporary. Learn to be content where you are until God transitions you into your new season. Often times when life is not going our way, we feel as though God has forgotten us. We throw pity parties, and often move into that “stinking thinking.” We forget about the million and one things that God has already done for us. We forget about how we cried about stuff in the past, and God answered those prayers too. Be encouraged! God is bigger than any circumstance or any situation that you are going through. How do I know? Glad you asked. I know because I have seen God take me from unemployed, to a full time job. I have watched him take me from sharing a car with my mom, to buying my own car. I have watched him make a way for me to go back to school when the odds were nowhere near in my favor. I have watched God show himself strong in my life time and time again. Of course I get frustrated. There are many nights that I lay awake crying, but if God did it before you better believe He will do it again. Trust God on today for all you are needful of. Be encouraged! He has it all under control.
Am I the only one who often feels lonely even in a room full of people? Although I am a social butterfly, I constantly find myself in places of loneliness. I feel like the Black Sheep among my peers, so I spend all my time focusing on school and work. Being alone can be a great thing, but also a very difficult thing as well. However, I have learned that I am never alone and neither are you.
God is with you, and He will never leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 13:5). He is more than enough. He will comfort you, strengthen you, and love you when you feel unloved. There is no need to feel lonely and once you realize that God is all that you need you will no longer continue to feel empty . By walking with God, you have a constant friend. In your loneliness you must learn to value God’s presence. Loneliness is a shadow that often follows us and brings us to God’s light.
Just like us, Jesus was faced with loneliness. When Jesus was on that cross, He felt as though God had forsaken Him (Matthew 27:46). He felt abandoned and certainly lonely, but He knew that His greater was coming. He knew that paradise was awaiting Him, and His reward would be greater than His suffering. I type all of this to say, that loneliness hurts, but things will get better. Be encouraged! You have a God, that cares about your needs and concerns. He will never ever forsake you! Read More
Stop allowing who you think you are to keep you from who you are destined to be. Often times we do not think that we are good enough. We are unhappy with our weight, our beauty, our hair, our skin, or just simply unhappy with ourselves. Stop! Stop downplaying who you are. You are special! You are important! You are loved (Romans 5:8).
All my life, I felt like a Black Sheep. I felt that I was not good enough, and often times not pretty enough. Today I choose to be me. Today I choose to live life to the fullest. Today I choose to let go of past hurts in order to move into a better and brighter future. Over the years I have learned so much about myself, and one major thing that I learned was that I have been walking in fear. I guess, I am so afraid of failing, that I limit myself to the things that I know that I can do rather than trying things that I want to do. NO MORE! I want to walk in my destiny, and I want you to do the same. Get up and GO! Go try that hobby that you have been dying to try. Go to that audition or open mic night. Start that non-profit organization that you have been dreaming about. Get up and like Nike says, “Just Do It!”
Thank you! Thank you for who you are in my life and what you are doing in it as well. God, thank you for keeping me in my right mind. Thank you for keeping me in good health and thank you for protecting me from all harm. Lord, I ask that you forgive me for every sin and trespass. I pray that you would help me to walk in the Spirit no matter what. Lord, be with me. Help me to love how you love. Help me to walk how you walk. I pray that you would remove anything away from me that is not pleasing to you. This includes family and friends. I want all that you have for me God, so please do not let me block my blessings. Let me adhere to you. Let me focus on you so that I can be in a position to hear your voice. Lord, I love you and I want to be all that you have called me to be. Go before me and make my pathways straight. Bless my coming and my going. Supply every need according to your riches and glory. Have your way in my life. Turn my sorrow into joy. Lord, I pray that you will open doors that no man can close and close those that you do not want opened. Lord, I just thank you for the blessings that you are getting ready to bestow upon my life. Lord, I believe you and I know that you are able to do all but fail. I pray that you bless all those praying on my downfall. God, you said you would make my enemies my footstool and I believe you to do just that. Lord, do not turn your face from me, but instead hear every prayer and meet every need. I bless you and give you all praise.
In Jesus Name,
Often times we pray for things, and then we get frustrated when God does not answer on our time. We want God to fix our situation in a blink of an eye. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” God’s timing is completely different from ours. You have to be patient.
God always answers in one of three ways. It is either yes, no, or wait. Now sometimes God will give us a yes, but we have to wait for Him to fulfill the yes. We have to trust Him to do it. Psalms 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” If God tells you something and you know that it is a yes, then it may be that you are not ready just yet. If it was a no, then God would simply tell you no. He already knows what is best for you and His goal is not to cause unnecessary pain or suffering. So, if God tells you something then wait on Him to fulfill the yes. Do not get discouraged because things are not happening when you want them to.
If you feel like God is silent, just remember that the teacher is quietest during the test. If God tells you something, but you see nothing happening it is probably because God is waiting on you. Or, it may just be that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. God doesn’t need our help. God wants us to trust Him. He wants us to take Him at His word. God’s silence is often Him waiting, waiting on us to move out the way so that He can have His way. Some things take more time than others. Trust the process. God’s plan is the best plan.
Thank you for this day. Thank you for the plans that you have for my life. Help me to trust you and wait patiently for you to work out every single situation. God, please forgive me for every sin. Help me to be more like you, and let nothing hinder my prayer. Lord, help me to seek you first. Help me to adhere to your voice, and to your plan. Show me a glimpse of what you have in store for me. Don’t let me grow weary, but help me to trust your timing. God, thank you for what you are doing and for hearing each and every one of my prayers. You are awesome and I thank you Lord for being my personal Savior.
In Jesus Name,
For many today can be an extremely tough day. Some have lost their significant others to death. Others have separated from their loved ones, and some are just tired of being alone. Trust me, I get it! Everyone wants to be loved. However, in order to love you must first know the greatest love.
As I have grown and gone through life’s trials, one thing that I have learned is that a relationship to God is the key. Relationships are important, but your relationship with God is the most important one to have. He loves you and He gives you all the tools that you need to be able to love. In 1 Corinthians 13 He gives instructions on what love is and what love is not. He tells you exactly how love is supposed to be.
To the ones who have lost their significant others to death, think on those things which are good on today. Think about all the great times that you shared. Think about the love that blossomed, and praise God that you were able to love and be loved. To those who have separated, divorced, or who may just be single know that there is still time for new beginnings or maybe even reconciliation. God knows what your heart desires. God also knows when you are ready for all that He has for you. He meant for us to be in union and married. In Genesis 2:18, He acknowledges the need for us to be in companionship.
God loves you and He wants you to be happy. While He is molding you into the person He has created you to be, He is also molding your partner. He knows when you are both ready, and His timing is perfect. When God is in it all things are new. Trust His plan. Focus on your relationship with Him, so that when your partner comes you will be ready to love them exactly how they should be loved and you will be able to receive all the love that they are ready to give. I love you and God does too. Be encouraged!
Hey everyone! I know that I have been MIA. Between full time classes, and full time work things have gotten a little overwhelming. In the midst of it all, God has remained faithful. He continues to answer prayers and show himself strong in my life. I am thankful.
On February 2nd, I turned 22. It was an amazing, but bittersweet day. When I was born, I was not breathing at all. Even the doctors counted me out, but God had a plan. No matter who counts you out, know that God will never leave you nor forsake you. In my 22 years of living, I have been through so much. I loved. I lost. I escaped life threatening situations. I was sexually assaulted. I was abused. I was lied to and cheated on. I was abandoned. I was suicidal. I had surgeries. I lost myself. I was angry. I was spiteful. I had a sharp tongue. I had low self-esteem. I have been through it all.
However, when I look back on all of those things and then some, I can truly say that I am blessed. During the times of brokenness and despair I truly learned my own strength. I learned that I was stronger than I thought. I learned that God was more than enough for me. I learned to be myself, and embrace all of my flaws. I learned that I was not always right, and that it is not what you say, but truly how you say it. Then, I learned that for years I was so concerned with being perfect, when everyone loved me just as I was. I learned how to love, and how I desire to be loved. I learned that there is nothing wrong with being alone.
Aging to me is one of the most beautiful things. As I have gotten older I have matured. I have overcome adversity time and time again. Because of all of the lessons that I learned, I am able to put things into perspective. I am able to push through, because I know that I have overcome worse. As I age, I become more and more excited about what God is doing in my life. I have learned to wake up and thank God for keeping me alive to do His work once again. I feel blessed, because I know that this year is bringing nothing but great things. God said it and I believe it. Be encouraged and know that God is a keeper.