Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Answered Prayers

May 9, 2015

One of the things I was thinking on this morning is how God will answer our prayers. I was asking Him about something in my life and He gently asked me, what did you pray for? And it hit me. It wasn’t that God didn’t hear me or honor my request. He gave me a glimpse of how He is in control and how the particular issue is in His hands. He just didn’t answer my prayer in the way I originally anticipated.

I’d liken it to planting a garden. You plant the seed. It may not sprout at the exact pace, or maybe even the way you’d anticipate it. That’s when you go to the Master planter and you realize, He’s planting something in a way that is greater than you’d ever expect. From there, the seed produces a plant. Even more so, the other bit of good news is that the ground is fertile. The seeds you’re planting are not in vain. With that in mind, He may move in a way that may not seem comfortable. Transformation from generational curses, bad habits, etc isn’t comfortable, yet it is necessary. Mindsets shift, habits and perspectives shift. He’s painting the Master painting. He’ll sustain you in the waiting season. He will continue to nourish you. In the waiting, there is preparation for His greater, both in you and in the situation around you.

God hears your prayers. Your faith is moving in a way that is greater than you could ever anticipate. There’s a harvest that is greater than you can ask or think.

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For Peace–Thoughts on forgiveness and healing

May 27, 2014

Something I thought on tonight is how easy it can be to think wrongly of someone. We can get caught up in our own limited vision, that we cast a viewpoint on someone that isn’t there. It’s my prayer that even if someone doesn’t understand me, doesn’t like me, whatever, that I see them with the love of Christ. The scripture that comes to mind is Philippians 4:7-8:

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

When we take our minds off of what someone did or might’ve done, didn’t do, and make a conscious decision to instead ask God to love them and see them as He sees them, it becomes incredibly freeing. Just like Jesus loved even when others didn’t understand, or viewed Him wrongly, or wanted to cast Him away, He still loved. Not with self-righteousness, but because it is His will that no one be lost.

I ask the Lord to help me in this area. I strive to try to see things from another’s point of view, but, I still need His help. The beauty of it is, is when we repent and ask His forgiveness and seek His healing and cleansing, He’ll work it out to the good and for His glory. He can heal those hurting places and mend those wounds. Let go of the judgment book that you aren’t meant to carry to begin with. Watch Him heal you and restore any broken place. Watch Him deliver and set free, even those relationships that may seem unrecoverable.

I come humbly now,

seeking your grace

I realize that I need

to seek your face.

 

I see someone else’s blood

on my sleeves,

not talking about murder

but these thoughts need

 

to be replaced

by His grace

I’m reminded that I

can call Your name

 

Jesus, please help

me to judge myself

I’m thankful for

your love and help

 

to help me see

the good in all,

the love of Christ,

grace and peace.

 

I let go

of the past hurt,

I let go

of any shame

I let go

those places

that I’m not meant to carry

I let go

of the judgment

as I think of the cross

You already paid the cost

You already paid it all

 

No need to worry,

no need to fear

the joy of the Lord

the joy of peace, near.

 

 

 

Faith!!!

February 28, 2012

Mark 9:23 says, Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. One of the things I’ve been thinking on lately is faith and stepping out on it. I’ve been asking myself, with the different strengths I have, how can God best use me? Even with my weaknesses, the bible says that His grace is sufficient, and His strength is made perfect in my weakness. If that is true, then that means even in my weak moments I can still step out in faith and watch God move.

One area I’ve been thinking on is being content while being single. One day, I’d like to be married. But, in the midst of this current season, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Lord-willing, there are friendships to build, poems to write, pictures to take, days to take off,  sweet teas to drink, lessons to learn, ham sammiches to eat and chances to grow.  Business-wise, I’m actively seeking knowledge to arm myself to step out in God-given opportunity. In the midst of disappointment, I’m seeking to learn from it and keep moving forward. In regards to self-improvement, I’m learning to trust and thank God that He can use me despite my flaws; that He’ll correct and help mold me through them. Boom-chakalaka!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. That is a scripture that still gets me; faith is moving in what is not seen. For an analyzer such as myself, that can be a tall order. What does that look like to you? What would it take for you to step out in faith? What decisions are you in the process of making that will effect not only your current situation, but the future? Where do you see God leading you? Yes, every detail in life cannot be planned; but, you can ask yourself are the decisions that you’re making setting you up for where God is leading you. Do you really believe that all things are possible?

God has created you with talents, ideas, thoughts, feelings, strength. Even in the midst of dire situations where all seems lost, you can rise from the ashes with God’s help.