“I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me..”

– Philippians 4:13

What a beautiful truth.

At times, I am filled with doubt and fear. “Will I be able to finish what I started? How will I go about doing it? I feel so tired, I don’t feel like doing anything. I have no energy today. I don’t feel like working out because I’m so exhausted. I need a break from everything and everyone.” Etc.

I’ve realized there is nothing I can do without His help, without His power, without His strength. From the big projects for work, to spending time preaching to street kids, to cooking dinner when I’m too tired, to making myself go to the gym even on days I’d rather be lounging on the sofa eating my feelings away. He is there through it all. He makes all things possible.

This verse reminds me that although I am weak, He who lives in me is strong. Although I am tired, His spirit is able to give me all the energy I need to go about my day. Whom shall I fear then?

Which brings me to this beautiful reminder:

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

So today, as you go about your day, remind yourself that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you. He will never leave nor forsake you, His Grace is with you wherever you go. He delights in your weaknesses, for His power is made perfect in our weakness. In fact, our weaknesses are a great reminder to lean on Him in everything that we do, to put Him first and to seek His guidance. How amazing 🙂

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let’s pray:

Lord,
We know that we are sinners in need of Your Grace. We understand that we are too weak to carry out all of our daily tasks. We trust in Your hand to guide us through it all, for we know that Your power is made perfect in our weaknesses. Thank You for giving us the strength to do things that may seem impossible. We know that what is impossible with men, is possible with and through You, loving Father. Thank You for being our strength when we want to give up, for being our Hope during times of trial, for loving us no matter what. Today we declare that whatever comes our way, will be nothing compared to Your power and strength within us. Thank You for the beautiful reminder that You, Lord, are in control, and that You, Lord, hold our lives in Your hands. In Jesus’ beautiful name we pray, Amen.

Much love your way.

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“There is no fear in love, but perfect Love casts away fear…”

– 1 John 4:18

I love this verse. Speaks volumes to me, especially since I’ve always been one to run from love. I know, right?! I always prayed for love, but deep down, I always was fearful of what would happen when/if I finally found it…. Would I get hurt? Will he cheat on me? What if I hurt him? What if it doesn’t work out? What if I get bored and want out? What if I can never love him? What if he does not love me back? What if things get complicated? What if I’m not pretty enough for him? What if there’s drama? What if he’s too possessive? What if he makes me change? What if he feels intimidated by me? What if he distracts me from God? What if, what if, what if. I must admit I am so tired of asking myself that question, wondering, assuming, guessing, hypothesizing, over thinking. And have you ever noticed that whenever we do wonder and hypothesize and over think, it’s always about the negative things? Why can’t we ask, What if it works out? What if it’s the best decision I make in my life? What if it brings me everything I’ve ever desired and more? What if it’s all worth it? What if we both fall in love? What if it’s the best thing that ever happened in my life? Well, there’s only one way to find out… You will never know if you never try.

All our lives, we are conditioned to think about the negative what ifs. We are taught to follow the rules, to be serious, to plan ahead, to analyze and make an informed decision, to save money for the future (which yeah, I agree it can be good), to think inside the box, to never trust anyone, etc. We are never taught to be creative, to take risks, to make spontaneous decisions, to laugh at the inconveniences, to think outside the box, to go on adventures, to love despite what might happen, to see the good in people and think the best of them, to think for ourselves, to follow our gut, to love the unlovable, etc. We have been raised to always be careful, to keep our distance, to protect ourselves from getting hurt, because getting hurt would just be the worst thing ever. Would it really? For me, I’ve realized that the pain of regret (What if I would’ve taken that chance?) is far greater than the pain of loving someone and then being disappointed by them.

The Bible makes it very clear in the book of Corinthians:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

And if that, indeed, is what Love is, and God commands us to love everyone, including our enemies, then why are we still so hesitant to follow through? He commands us to love one another and build each other up. He says, love your neighbor as yourself. He says, love your enemies. Your neighbor is anyone you come across with. That person from work who is gossiping and lying about you, that person who backstabbed you, that person who always seeks to bring you down, that person who tries to belittle you.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” – Matthew 5:44

“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself….” – Matthew 12:31

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

So if the Word of our Lord teaches us to love with no agenda, no boundaries, no limits, why then are we still so afraid to take risks for love?
I believe that if we keep hiding ourselves and building up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, it means we haven’t really understood God’s love. God is Love. Love and fear cannot go together, because when you choose to truly love, you’re choosing to let go of your fears and take a leap of faith. Nothing can guarantee that you won’t get hurt, but that’s the beauty of it. Loving no matter what.

Which reminds me of something I read a few weeks ago by A.W. Tozer:

“Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. This explains the words of the apostle John: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” Fear is the painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. This fear persists while we are subject to the will of someone who does not desire our well-being. The moment we come under the protection of one of good will, fear is cast out. A child lost in a crowded store is full of fear because it sees the strangers around it as enemies. In its mother’s arms a moment later all the terror subsides. The known good will of the mother casts out fear. 
The world is full of enemies, and as long as we are subject to the possibility of harm from these enemies, fear is inevitable. The effort to conquer fear without removing the causes is altogether futile. The heart is wiser than the apostles of tranquillity. As long as we are in the hands of chance, as long as we look for hope to the law of averages, as long as we must trust for survival to our ability to outthink or outmaneuver the enemy, we have every good reason to be afraid. And fear hath torment. 

To know that love is of God and to enter into the secret place leaning upon the arm of the Beloved – this and only this can cast out fear. Let a man become convinced that nothing can harm him and instantly for him all fear goes out of the universe. The nervous reflex, the natural revulsion to physical pain may be felt sometimes, but the deep torment of fear is gone forever. 

God is love and God is sovereign. His love disposes Him to desire our everlasting welfare and His sovereignty enables Him to secure it. Nothing can hurt a good man. ”

Let us pray together:

Lord, You know our innermost fears. You know all of our doubts, our worries, and our stresses. Help us to realize that there is no fear in Your shelter. Help us to lean on Your arm, Father, and believe with our whole hearts that You are Love, and that there is no fear in Love. Teach us to love with no limitations, and grant us Your peace when we find ourselves being attacked by the enemy. May we become brave and fearless. In Jesus’ holy and powerful name we pray, Amen.

Now go on, go spread the LOVE!

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Faith Child – Pauses

Loved this! ❤️

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slide-power-of-the-pause-002When overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, insecurity, doubt at crossroads of life ,and  emergencies we often plunge headlong  into action, without sufficient thought , in our effort to resolve the impasse or issue as soon as possible, for we are not comfortable with uncertainty

We think that when we pause — whether for a brief break or a week-long retreat — we are losing time that could be used productively. We think we’re making progress when we’re in motion — moving forward, as it were, on our way to our goal. In reality, it’s often when we pause that the most progress is made.

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Your Grace has overwhelmed my brokenness.

This verse from Hillsong’s “To Know Your name” song has stuck with me for years.

It is such a powerful declaration. Whenever I feel tired and like I can’t keep going, I think about this verse. No matter what I’m going through, no matter the trials and problems that may arise, I’m always reminded that His Grace has already overwhelmed all of my brokenness, that I have nothing to worry about because I’m in His hands.
I am a sinner saved by His Grace every single day. Sometimes I am tempted to believe the enemy’s lies, that maybe I’m just not good enough, that maybe I will never be, that God could never love someone like me. Why would He anyway? Then I open my Bible, and am reminded of His truth:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Thank You, Jesus. Every time I think about Your truth, I am so overflowed with joy, love, and Your “peace which transcends all understanding” (Phil.4:7).

I am loved by a beautiful God. His Grace has overwhelmed all of my brokenness. And that, my friends, is a good reason to smile. 😉

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16

Amen.

Have you been praying for something for a while now and feel like God is not answering?

I have been there, many times. I’ve had to learn to trust in Him even when the things I pray for aren’t being granted to me, yet.
I’ve learned to understand that God knows exactly what and who I need, when and how I need it. Sometimes He needs to say no to some of our prayers because He has greater things in mind for us. Maybe He didn’t let things work out with that last guy you met because it would’ve taken off your focus from the right man He is eager to introduce you to. Maybe if He listened to and granted all of our prayers, we would be led into a bigger mess than we already are in.

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” You may think you know what you need, but sometimes we are led to pray through our feelings and emotions, and not through the Spirit. I’ve learned to understand between an effectual and fervent prayer and a prayer from the flesh. We pray for things we FEEL are good for us NOW, while God knows that they wouldn’t be good for us in the long term. See, God sees the greater picture; The past, the present, and the future. He can already foresee all of our days to come, and He knows that if He’d let us have our way all the time, we would end up lost and discouraged, in bad company, away from Jesus, and buried deep into the things of the world.

I have to admit that there have been times when I’ve felt forgotten by God. All of my life, I’ve had one prayer be the same one.
“Lord, please let me find true love. I want to fall in love with a man who loves me back.” And here I am, still single as can be. I’ve relied on things of the world at times to distract myself while I wait for God to answer my prayer. Doesn’t that sound silly? Probably because it was. Where was my Faith, if I had to rely on things of the world to pass the time? There was one year where i dated like 6 guys back to back, never spending a minute alone, because I was so afraid of being lonely. Then last year I realized that I couldn’t keep doing that anymore, and decided to remain entirely single until I met a man who made me change my mind completely, a man who could show me God’s love in person, a man who would make it all worth it. And here I am, still single. There is a huge difference now though. My prayer has changed from, “Lord, please let me find true love. I want to fall in love with a man who loves me back.” to :

“Lord, thank You for loving me more than anyone could ever love me. You know all of my heart’s desires, You know all of my fears, You know how much I yearn to be loved by a man who loves You first and me second. I pray that You keep molding me into the person that I am meant to become, and that if a Godly marriage is in Your plan for me, I trust that You will guide him to me in Your perfect timing. In the meantime, I will keep my eyes fixed on You, until one day I can share You with the man that You’ve so lovingly prepared for me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”

I feel such a big difference in today’s prayer compared to last year’s. Thank You, Lord, for helping me mature in faith, and for letting me rest in knowing that You are in control, every second of every day. Thank You for reassuring me that You have great things in store for me, even when at times it seems like nothing is going my way. I go back to,

“… For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

 

So if you’re feeling a little discouraged today, know that sometimes God’s no is really a ‘Not yet’. So let’s never stop praying in Faith, through the Spirit, even if, at times, we feel like giving up. God is teaching us to trust in Him. God is teaching us Faith. God is teaching us patience and endurance.
So while we wait for Him to answer in His own way and in His own timing, let’s keep building each other up, spreading His hope with others, getting to know God more, meditating on the Word, spending crazy time with Him, falling deeply in love with Jesus, and becoming the best versions of ourselves.

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog. I pray you are encouraged. 🙂 Be blessed.

 

Philippians 1:6

I may not be where I need to be yet, but I am “confident of this, that He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” 

In moments when I start to feel overwhelmed with so much going on, I realize it’s because I’m taking my eyes off of Jesus. How can I feel overwhelmed and exhausted when I’m fixing my eyes on the One who can do all things, the One who loves me despite my flaws, on the One who perfectly created me to His likeness, on the One who died on the cross to save me from my sins, on the One who rose from the dead to give us eternal life, the One who gives me the strength to do ALL things (Phil 4:13)? When I find myself feeling down, I am reminded of His love. And when I start feeling weary and tired and like the load is just too much for me, I’m taken back to this verse:

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest…”Matthew 11:28

And this one:

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you..” – 1 Peter 5:7

He cares about me. And you. You reading this post right now, He cares about you. He loves you. If you’re feeling exhausted, drained, tired, overwhelmed, weary, down, forgotten, lonely, hopeless… you are not alone. He, the Master of the universe, the Creator of everything seen and unseen, the King, our Savior, our Lord, HE loves you.

Knowing that God loves us even when we feel our absolute worst, is a beautiful encouragement. It definitely puts a smile on my face.

So as you go about your day, remember this, you are loved by an Almighty and Powerful God. 🙂

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14

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