GOD’s plan may be different from mine!
But… GOD’s plans are perfect.
HIS thoughts and ways are far beyond mine! (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Therefore, I need not trust what is happening to me or around me. Nope! I need only to have faith in HIM! It don’t matter how good or bad I am feeling; or how situations look around me…..
I hold on to GOD, cause HE holds me through all things, at all times! Amen
In my daddy’s arms!
I was thinking about my daddy today. He had these hugs that always made me feel safe. I could have gone through the worst day ever, and when within his grasp, I felt better; like all will be well!
Lately, I have been feeling that same safe feeling in the arms of JESUS!
I heard a song, that I have heard before, but it really got me this time. It is called “The More I Seek You” by Kari Jobe. “I wanna sit at YOUR feet; Drink from the cup in YOUR hand; Lay back against YOU and breathe, feel your heart beat! This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand; I melt in YOUR peace, it's overwhelming”
We all have our struggles and I have been dealing with a few. My heart cries out to GOD! Oh FATHER, keep me as the apple of YOUR eye; hide me and let me take refuge in the shadow of YOUR wings!
Let me tell you, in spite of what is going on in my life, when I cry out to the LORD; HIS peace overtakes me and is phenomenal.
It’s very much the same way I felt in the arms of my daddy. Amen
Have you ever expressed that in a desperate scream or sigh?? I have!
Sometimes it just feels like everything is coming at me all at once. And if you are like me, you are trying to catch it and handle it all by yourself.
But then, I remember - I don’t have to! Nope! I can open those hands, and start praying!
I love what David says in Psalm 61:2. I picture him too at the end of his rope. And David a man full of faith goes to the only help there is! GOD!
Crying out “LORD, From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is. higher than I.”
We can do that! Our FATHER wants us to cry out to him rather than feeling overwhelmed by our circumstances! And I will tell you, those times I fall to my knees, crying tears to GOD, HE comforts me every single time! Amen
I, at times, feel cut-off and lonely from those closest to me. And even from my FATHER, in Heaven.
Feelings aren’t always accurate. A lot of the time, they are born of past traumas, misunderstandings, and hurts.
I am told that nothing shall separate me from the LORD; neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come! Not height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate me from the love of GOD, which is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD.
That certainly includes the swirling doubts, lies, and confusion that dances around within my brain.
Ahhhh, but by the grace of GOD, I can override my mind’s tricks.
I draw near to GOD and HE draws near to me. GOD draws so close to me that no evil, no doubt, not even death can separate me from HIM! So, we are tight!!
And that means, I’m not ever cut-off. I’m not bypassed. I’m not unloved. Even if... I feel that way.
My faith tells me that I have victory in all things and at all times.
Victory, even in death.
A win-win! The real and true win-win!
Though I may go through trials, really, really difficult ones, I no longer shall be defeated. There is a always a light at the end of the darkest tunnel.
Therefore, worthy is the name of JESUS. Always!
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for YOU are with me; YOUR rod and YOUR staff, they comfort me. GOD will wipe every tear from my eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Psalm 23:4, Revelation 21:4)
I raise my hallelujah, JESUS came to save each and every one of us from the agony of life’s storms and the finality of death.
LORD, even when my heart is breaking, there YOU are holding it together for me. Even when I mess up, YOU are lifting me up. Even though death is always knocking, there YOU are answering that door for me. I praise YOU FATHER in and through each and every storm! Amen!
I have said way too often that “things will work out”
Actually, it was what I told myself or someone else to create hope that things will work out (the way we hoped they would)
Confusingly, some of these “things” worked out completely opposite of the way I hoped they would.
I am now beginning to understand that things work for the good of those that love the LORD and are called according to HIS purpose. (Romans 8:28)
HIS purpose may not always look to be exactly what I imagine. As a matter of fact, some look completely opposite.
However, walking with GOD is accepting that I won’t always get it. And I will have to let go of my own ideas of how things should be.
Going through some of the most dire of times in my life, I couldn’t see the nose in front of my face, let alone that my situation will work out and GOD is carrying me. Further... GOD has plans to help me and not to harm me.
When time passes and I look back, I scratch my head in astonishment that things not only worked out but even better than I could have imagined.
I just had to wait.. keep my hope in the LORD and my eyes off of the circumstances amen!
No joke there.
GOD is the authority of everything. Everything. From the tiny little ant to the biggest mountain. The weather... the sky and the moon- all of the heavens and earth and everything in between.
We, GOD’s own are commanded to love. First, love the LORD with everything we got and secondly, love our neighbor, as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.
This is big stuff! As a matter of fact: the requirement of loving our neighbor is repeated over and over again.
Yet, it is one of the most difficult challenges we face. You mean I gotta love everyone? The murderer? The greedy? Those who are just mean spirited? The dad who abandoned me?
For me personally, the most agonizing to me; love the one who tortured me as a young innocent child.
GOD knew this was not going to be easy. And in that, the only way it is possible is with HIM.
Oh, by the way... what does this loving look like? JESUS was tortured, spat on. Laughed at. Whipped until HIS skin ripped away. And then made to carry the cross where HE would later be nailed to and die. And through that, HE asked GOD to forgive them all!
Loving doesn’t mean to give big hugs and hang out every day. It doesn’t even mean to be in another’s presence.
One of the most powerful ways to love is to pray for each other.
I prayed for many who hurt me. It was agonizing at first. I could feel the pain. But with the help of a Christian 12-step program, I am learning to love and forgive.
And you know what?
That includes my own self!
We receive a beautiful miracle when we love. My heart beats differently. I am lighter. My hate, resentment, and hurts are no longer a cornerstone.
I am commanded, and demanded to love, first GOD above everyone and everything. And then all my fellow humans. The key... is loving GOD first because without HIM the whole loving others is impossible!