And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
A few weekends ago I went on a much needed getaway with a few friends to the beach. One morning while just hanging out in the room getting ready for the day- one of my favorite topics came up: Chocolate Chip Cookies!
One of the young ladies who was with us loves to bake. So me being me, I asked her if she knew how to make them. Being a true baker, she did, and she started telling me about a recent batch she made. Surprisingly, while baking, she added what she thought was the wrong ingredient, but it actually turned out to be one of the best she had cranked out in a while. She even got a request from the recipient for more later. I should’ve put my order in! 🙂
The moment she said it, I immediately thought about Romans 8:28:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good…”
Everything? Even the bad? Even the stuff that I didn’t think I needed?
That’s right my loves. Everything.
“….a Father to the fatherless…” Psalm 68:5
Most of us are probably familiar with or have heard the ever popular Lord’s Prayer. The beginning verses in Matthew 6 start with:
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
I realized at one point in reading this passage, that though my mouth was verbally saying the words, my heart was having a hard time connecting with it.
God? My Father?
Leading up to this weekend I have been reflecting on what fatherhood has meant to my life, and how it had impacted me over the years.
You see unfortunately, I was abandoned by my earthly father. He was faintly in and out of my life during my early years, and I haven’t seen him since. So while it was easy for me to connect with God in the wonder of His holiness, His power, and His grace – during the beginning stages of my Christian walk, relating to him as my Father was difficult because my concept of a father was skewed.
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:14)
For many of us, some of the hardest seasons of life are those in which we have to wait. Now of course I know in one way or another we must “wait” every day. Whether it be in traffic on the way to work, for an order to arrive in the mail, or in line to be checked out at the store. But that’s not the waiting I’m referring to. I’m talking about those seasons of life when you’re waiting for the deep-seated desires of your heart to come to pass. However, for some reason… it… just… hasn’t… happened…yet.
A godly mate.
Your business to kick off.
A relationship to be reconciled.
A new career opportunity.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes waiting can be very difficult. Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” And if I’m honest, even though I know God has a greater plan for my life and His ways are always better than anything I could ever imagine, waiting for the things your heart longs for can at times can make you feel like God has forgotten about you and that your dreams may never happen. Yet in faith- I still must wait.
I thought about something recently that my mentor shared with me a while ago. She mentioned that when we’re in a season of waiting- we shouldn’t just be sitting around doing nothing- rather we should be actively waiting. But what does that practically look like? What things can I do when God is calling me to wait on His direction, His timing and His voice? As I thought about it a little deeper, an acronym came to mind that gave her comment new meaning to me. And I‘m hoping it does the same for you. Continue reading
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
I remember a few years ago, as I started growing in my relationship with Christ, I had this deep conviction that I needed to evaluate some of the things that I was still exposing myself to- more specifically the things that weren’t edifying my soul.
As this lifestyle shift occurred and I begin implementing the changes, I remember feeling a little weird because I wasn’t familiar with the popular reality TV show, know the latest songs, or have the desire to go places that I used to crave for the opportunity to be in. I was concerned about what others might think regarding these changes I was making and didn’t want to be perceived as the “holier than thou” girl. Nevertheless, I was willing to continue taking the necessary steps the Spirit was impressing on my heart and I noticed the difference I was seeing my life –in my speech, my thoughts, and my actions.
It was at this point I started to understand the value of what it meant to guard my heart.
Hey guys! I’m working on some new blog content, but I didn’t want to let the week get away with out sending you a little note of encouragement. ❤
I’ll be the first to admit that life can throw us some pretty hard blows- leaving us feeling confused, upset, and downright defeated. But the issue with our feelings is that they often overshadow the reality of the truth of God’s word.
The next time you’re feeling defeated, remember it’s just that- a feeling. An emotional state or reaction to what you are going through. I think one of the enemy’s schemes when we’re feeling defeated is to try to cause us to keep our eyes fixated on the mess instead of the Message.
Be encouraged love.
Just because you FEEL defeated, it doesn’t mean you are!
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
NO, in all these things WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us! (Romans 8:35,37)
Until next time!