Ephesians 1:3-10

 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”

Reading these verses today has given me peace. Why would i worry about the future, when I KNOW that God holds it in His hands?

Which brings me to this verse I like a lot:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4 

Christ is truly the truth, the way, and the Life (John 14:6). I love it that I can trust in this truth. It makes me want to rejoice, no matter what I’m going through. He’s got my back, and He’s got yours, too. All we need to do is trust in Him, abide in Him, like branches on a tree, surrendering completely to His loving Grace. And keeping in mind that HE WORKS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL WHO LOVE GOD. 🙂 What a wonderful thing! Let’s keep our faith in Him, and know that everything happens for a GOOD reason, no matter how dark the situation you’re going through right now is. Know that you will come out of it victorious in Jesus’ name.

God is soooooo Good! 🙂

Sharing this awesome song with you all today. Hope it blesses you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn5zk3yCRr0

 

 

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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