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Did you know that if you make more than $2.50 a day that you are richer than half the population of the world? And, did you know that more than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty, making less than $1.25 a day?
This blew my mind today, after I complained about how the new printer we got wouldn’t connect to the Wi-Fi to our touchscreen laptop. Holy Spirit smacked me in the face with that one.
Brad & I are participating in a challenge that my church back home is doing. Its called the The Complaining Challenge! Feel free to join with the link provided below!https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/26375190/posts/1655219211
Needless to say, during this challenge I have realized that I take a lot of things for granted because I live in The United States. I have a lot to be thankful for. We have the freedom to praise God freely in churches without fear. We have the freedom to read the bible openly at anytime, anywhere we please. We have the freedom to choose to wake up every single morning and choose to be in his presence without the fear of our government coming in and killing us. This is the reality for many Christians. I have a roof over my head, food in my mouth, and clean water. I have many things I don’t need, like electronics to write my blog, use social media, and watch Netflix. Many of us can go out to eat and have people cook for us. We often forget that these things are luxuries.
Holy Spirit really gave me the true meaning of persistently being devoted to prayer with an attitude of thanksgiving today.
Are there things you often complain about that you really should be thanking God for?
Looking at the many posts of Irma and reflecting on just how powerful the words we speak are. & I am reminded how much greater our God is.
I began reflecting on how many times I’ve been in a circumstance and just settled and decided that this is how it’s supposed to be. That the situation I’m in isn’t going to change so I might as well not even bother praying about it.
I am reminded of how I lived with suicidal thoughts for 15 years of my life, held onto the hurt and pain of my past, and decided to live my identity in mental illness and not as a Child of God. I am reminded that I often settle for less than what Abba has promised me.
In order to know his promises, we need to read them, meditate on them, and declare them over our life.
Instead of dwelling in how terrible your current situation is, understand how great Abba is and how much he loves you.
When looking at a situation that seems impossible, know that ALL things are possible with God and he is the light to guide you. He will make your paths straight.
If you have an overwhelming anxiety and depression, fear, and hatred, know that it isn’t of God, he gives you a sound mind. He is love. He provides you with peace.
We are not called to be troubled or afraid we are called to be confident and courageous.
I often forget that I am walking in Victory not to victory. That the battle is already won. God spoke over my life before anyone could. Before the world or anyone of it decided to share their opinions of “who I am”, what I “should” be doing, and what the worlds definition of “success” is.
Don’t settle for less than what God’s promises have to offer. Don’t settle for less than peace. Don’t settle for the lost staying where they are. God wants ALL his children to come home to him. Don’t settle for mental illness. Don’t settle for sickness. Have faith in God. That he is a God of healing and miracles. Let his love to take over your life. God wants so much more for us, we just never ask.
That is what has been placed on my heart. That we have everything at our disposal, we just don’t realize it. God giving us Holy Spirit is one of the most memorizing things to me. It blows my mind that God would not only sacrifice his son for us but give us apart of him to always keep with us.
Open up your bible and speak God’s word over your life and watch the beauty of his love unfold.
Don’t settle for less.
Reflecting on my adventure to Texas and Louisiana during the week that Hurricane/Tropical storm Harvey made an appearance, there are two main things that I learned…
1.God is the ONLY one who can CHANGE your circumstances
2.Growth is uncomfortable
Before leaving for Dallas I knew that Harvey was making his way inward. I knew that there was a high probability that I was going to need surgery on my knee.
I also knew, that despite what anyone had to say, making my way to Louisiana was in God’s will.
There were many things I didn’t know…like how Harvey was not only going to cause devastation in Texas but also the area I was in and surrounded by.
I did not know what being a military spouse entailed. I never understood the flexibility you need to have and that his responsibilities soon become your if he is called to work. I also didn’t know who I was staying with, where I was, or how I should drive during Harvey. I knew my fiancé and where Walmart was, that’s it. When my fiancé was on call and had to work (unforeseen circumstance), I was lost on a military base. I didn’t know North from South, I barley knew the people who opened up their home, I didn’t know the people he was house sitting for, I didn’t know if I was in a flood zone, and I didn’t know if the “see you later” I just said was for just that day or until I pick him up from the airport in October.
I wanted to flee and go home. I was uncomfortable. Really, really, uncomfortable.
My fiancé ended up coming back and I began to cry into an emotional ball of Tanja. He told me that we knew that me bring in Louisiana on this trip was apart of God’s will, so make the most of it and go check everything out. Me being me, of course was like “I need conformation.” I prayed and No more than 2 minutes later, my Mom called and said EXACTLY what my fiancé had just said.
Okay God, I hear you.
An overwhelming peace came over me from that moment on. Even with all the unforeseen circumstances, I knew that everything was going to be okay.
I was supposed to leave the 30th, the day before his birthday. The flight dates were what we could afford, and we were just thankful to see one another.
The 29th came and the area I was staying in was flooded. You couldn’t see roads, the wind was howling, and there was no sign of the rain from Tropical Storm Harvey letting up. My fiancé texted me and let me know that he was unauthorized to take me to Dallas and that I would be riding with someone from his base.
I didn’t respond back and I hopped in the shower and began to pray. I just prayed that The Lord’s will be done through this circumstance and that Mr.Harvey would ease and those who needed assistance through the devastation that his loving hand be upon them.
I got out of the shower, got dressed, looked at my phone and saw I had 5 missed calls and 6 missed texts! Wow! Someone was really trying to get ahold of me.
I called my fiancé back and he told me that he was authorized to take me on Friday, September 1st, if I could change my flight. It was too dangerous for anyone to go anywhere with Harvey.
I hung up and began to pray. Went on Southwest Airlines to see the price of flights and was appalled at the fact that a one-way was $437. I knew God would provide. I called the airline and explained my situation and they gave me a flight, free of charge, on September 1st for the same exact time as my flight that was supposed to be leaving tomorrow. The wonderful family I was staying with opened up their home for me for an additional two days without even blinking an eye.
I was able to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday, have two more days of fellowship, and even when I arrived home, Holy Spirit revealed just how perfect God’s timing is.
Even though I was uncomfortable and stretched and thrown into areas that I never anticipated or could’ve prepared for, I know Abba. I know his love and his promises. I knew that even if I felt nothing was going right in my eyes, that EVERYTHING would work out for the good and I held onto those promises.
When I arrived home to Michigan, I felt like a new being. This included my knee. I was healed.
I love that Abba has spoke such a creative and adventurous life over me. With twists, turns, and many miracles. I am so thankful for who he is. I am thankful for his promises I can hold onto. I am thankful for the depth of his love, the unique relationship I have with him, and that he uses unlikely people like me to show what an amazing father he is.
1.If you are in an unforeseen circumstance, know that Abba is the ONLY way to change or feel peace through it. Please understand that he keeps his word and promises. He is constant in a fallen world. His love is endless.
2.Yes, growth is uncomfortable. However, we often grow the most through situations we are uncomfortable in. In those moments we have no choice but to rely on God.
Apart from him, we are nothing. With him, we lack nothing.
Rely on God for everything! Rely on him for the little decisions like what you should eat for dinner, and rely on him for huge decisions like marriage, a home, and how to raise your children. He has spoken over your life long ago, he knows what you’re going to do, even before you’re going to do it. He always has the answer. Rely on him and his promises and feel the peace of his presence.
Thanks again to the family that welcomed me in their home. You have been pouring out your love upon me even before you met me and words cannot express how much I appreciate you.
I woke up this morning, holding onto something I had done the night before. I have been doing this quite often, unfortunately.
However, I am so thankful to have such a patient, loving, and understanding Father to encourage me and guide me along this journey. "Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path."-Psalms 119:105
I don't believe at times that I am forgiven. I just can't fathom how his mercies are new every morning. Like, doesn't he get tired of forgiving us?
Then Holy Spirit slides this little scripture in my devotion, "I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word." -Psalms 119:28 NLT
& then I go on and proceed to read…
"The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise". -Lamentations 3:22-23 GNB
I was like okay, I know this verse but I'm still just not fully understanding Lord, I'm not sure why but can you help me out?
God, already knowing how I've been feeling, ever so gently reached out to me and put this in my lap…
The Lord is so patient with me and knows exactly what I need at exactly the right time. He is perfect.
I can trust in The Lord's word and promises that even when I do make a mistake, no matter the size, I am forgiven. It may seem silly to many because this is what Jesus, his son, died for. However, the
enemy is really good and lying and manipulating everything to make us think that there is no way that God can just keep on forgiving us. His word says, otherwise. This doesn't mean that I can continue to do wrong, being forgiven came at a very high cost.
I'm not sure who this is for, maybe it's just for me, but I know that his word is always produces fruit. "It is the same with my word. I send it out, and I always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and will prosper everywhere I send it."-Isaiah 55:11 NLT "
Thank-you Papa for always placing your word at an arms reach for me to hear and comfort me. I pray that I study and meditate on it daily, being able to grow a deeper understanding of who you are and who I am in you. I want to thank-you for your perfect timing and your forgiving heart. I want to thank-you for sending down your son so I have been made new. I pray that I am able to be still and know who you are and your promises to fight when the enemy attacks. Thank-you for giving us Holy Spirit to point out things my flesh wouldn't normally see. You are such a loving and patient father. May I have your eyes to see people how you see them, your ears to hear what you hear, and your words to speak. May I grow more like you every single day. Thank-you Lord for who you are. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Is there something that the
enemy has been attacking you with that The Word of God says is untrue? I pray that the Lord will send you revelations of what needs to happen in order to grow deeper into a relationship with him.
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I'd love to hear what God is doing in your heart!