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The Prequel To The Vision

 

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Happy New Year!

2020 is an exciting year, simply because it’s new and we can shape it however we like. This will be a great year, not because there won’t be trials and tribulations, but because if we stay close to God and have an open mind, we will be safe.

2019 was rough,  but an eye opening. It reaffirmed my beliefs, exposed some deep and dark parts of my heart and allowed me to appreciate who I am.

Everywhere, people tell us to accept who we are and never let struggles in life keep us down. As cliche and overused as it is, it’s still truth.

I want to see 2019 as the prequel for 2020. 2019 holds valuable information that will become the blueprint and vision of 2020. 2019 was ordained by God, in his sovereignty, to illuminate and confirm the word that He gave his children years ago.

I draw on biblical stories like Joseph, who had a dream and was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Most of us know this story well, but Joseph was later able to tell his brothers not the lament over their sins, for God ordained it for a greater purpose.

Here, we see a sovereign God, working on the behalf of his people through the struggles of one faithful man. ( Don’t worry if you’re not as perfect as Joseph, neither am I, LOL).

I spent a greater portion of 2019 angry at everyone. Angry at those that have hurt me. I tried so hard to forgive and forget but it wasn’t possible because I didn’t have deeper insight into the situation.

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As 2020 begins, I can see clearly. We sometimes think that bad circumstances couldn’t be ordained by God. But, it’s not about how much we suffer but how much we learn.

I learned that all people lack deeper insight, so forgive. The same forgiveness I need, I should also give. I realized that everyone naturally falls into some sort of group and if you don’t fit in neatly with everyone, they will either try to conform you or hurt you. Whether Christian, Unbeliever, Race, gender, body type etc, most people can’t handle differences. Don’t be a square peg forcing yourself in a round hole. Find the square hole and make that your home.

It’s OK to leave some things behind. It’s OK to start something and then realize it’s not for you. I was so upset with myself for not avoiding an opportunity like I had planned, but because of what I went through, I now have a SOLID vision for 2020 and the rest of my life.

It was like dating myself, getting to know my quirks, what makes me feel fulfilled, the type of environment I need to flourish and the type of people I want to associate with. In 2019 I was a clean slate. I was just dabbling in different things with no clear vision. It had its purpose and now that season has ended.

If you are like me and find yourself crying over failed attempts, I’m here to reassure you not to. Easier said than done, I know. However, I can assure you that all things work together for YOUR GOOD…especially for those of us that love God.

Forgive those that hurt you along the way. They don’t know what they are doing. A lot of people believe they are helping you and there are some that are mean spirited but they don’t matter.

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Every single person on this planet needs a personal vision, and it’s from that vision that we filter the thoughts and opinions of others. For example: If I want to become a singer and someone tells me I need to study neuroscience, I’d look at them like – thanks but no thanks. If I am a Christian and my life goal is to spread the gospel – a Buddhist might tell me to study their principles but that doesn’t line up with the vision of the gospel. For those that are still seeking, they will try everything, but for those with a vision they will stay firm on that path. There is no wavering. Every opportunity and advice given from that point on is filtered through the vision and if it doesn’t line up, it’s discarded.

May God richly bless the work of your hands in 2020!

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You’ll Know Them By Their Fruit

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I am a Christian. I love Jesus with all my heart and he is my life. I was raised by the Church to believe that Christians only talk and interact with other Christians. I was never one to obey that, but I wondered if something was wrong with me. However, once I reached adulthood, my life experiences have taught me something valuable.

You judge people by their fruit.

My best friend is a muslim. Our friendship is marked by open and honest communication and a genuine concern for one another.

However, the most opposition i’ve ever faced in my life were from people that believed in the same God or came from the same flesh.

When someone loves and respects you, title, accomplishments and outer appearance truly means little. You begin to love the soul and essence of a person. You respect their journey. It might be different from yours, but you respect it.

Your religion doesn’t determine the condition of your heart. The Samaritan parable is a perfect example of this. He wasn’t a Jew. He didn’t worship the same or even from the same ethnicity. He was different. And yet, he helped someone who was different from him because he saw a need.

Love is the greatest catalyst towards change. Love is the highest form of communication. Love goes beyond our physical limitations and our rigid/cold beliefs and breaks down barriers.

Some people are wary of differences because of their own fears. People fear what they don’t understand.

“I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other”.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Communication is not simply talking. It is listening with the goal of understanding and coming to a mutual conclusion. A lot of people are full of hot air and eloquent words but nothing of substance.

They would rather make judgements and draw conclusions than simply ask. They would rather judge than understand.

All human beings are inherently different and that is what God loves. He created diversity for a reason. True diversity. Not just the popularized version of diversity, but diversity that permeates every facet of life.

There are many denominations and now I’m beginning to see the beauty in it. Before, I believed, like most people, that God wanted everyone to be globally unified. However, we can all be different and yet be unified. We are all parts of the whole. We are like a field of flowers – diverse and spread out over a wide stretch of land.

Some of us are charismatic, fiery preachers, others of us are quiet servants. Some of us are skilled with our hands, others of us have the gift of gab. We have day shift workers and we have night shift workers. We have builders and demolitionists.

Life won’t give you want you want, you have to fight to create it. No one is required to simply roll out the red carpet because you arrived.

If you are looking for meaning in life, open your heart and mind to a new thing. Open your heart to seeing things differently. Because if you keep waiting for the perfect moment, perfect person, perfect everything, you will forfeit living.

Life is full of pain and regrets but it is in the beauty of living that we even learn.

It is how we respond – judge them by their fruit. How do they respond to your requests? Your honesty? How do they respond to your quirks? Ask yourself how you respond to others.

Reaffirming The Faith

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It’s been a while, how are you?

I have a word of encouragement for you and hope it gets you through a rough patch. You see, pain is inevitable – life is hard, we make poor choices, etc. However, for those of us that know God, when we go through these trials and lessons we have two choices: 1. Falling away from the faith or 2. re-affirming the faith.

I was going through a rough patch for the last few months. It was an internal sort of storm, exasperated with foolishness from the outside. However, I can truly say from my heart that I have gleaned valuable nuggets of wisdom and also can testify that I am ever the more in love with Christ.

I can see his love for me, more than ever before. I can see the pattern of his love. I can feel his presence ever the more. My faith has been renewed and revived. I came out the fire unharmed. I am determined to walk with the Lord.

There is a song by Sinach – The words go: We are a chosen generation called forth to show his excellence. This is a declaration of our identity in Christ. The way we show excellence will differ from person to person based on how God created us – our gifts talents and skills. This is our callingto show the WORLDOUR GENERATIONthe excellence of Christ.

All I require for life God has given me – When he saved us, when his Holy Spirit is now alive in us, he came with gifts! Spiritual, good gifts for the benefit of us and the world. We are responsible for being good stewards and cultivating those gifts and natural skills for the glory of God.

You see, Satan works by getting us to forget who we are – a CHOSEN generation, CALLED FORTH by God, to SHOW HIS EXCELLENCE. Let that sink in. Let it marinate in your spirit. This is what we were born to do. God hand picked us!

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We are priest and priestess – a royalty, the salt of the earth. We are the craftsmanship of God. We are to be holy, like God. Holiness is radiant. It starts with a clean heart towards God. That’s all it is, and then it will allow us to separate from the filth of this earth. We are to be set apart. Don’t mingle in the filth of this world – you WILL be tested and tempted and pressured to mingle. Don’t give in, kay?

Remember, YOU ARE CHOSEN. So when you are hurting, or confused or facing set backs – remember and believe in who God called you to be. In all you do, reflect the excellence that God created you to be.

The more you feed yourself with this knowledge, the happier you will become.

Because joy is what we are looking for right?

You know that’s right.

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How To Survive In This World As An Introvert

 

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Introverts are labelled many things: stupid, antisocial, cold, rude, stuck up etc. Sadly, this only reveals the insecurity of the people making these judgments.

No one is the same. We are not born with the same temperaments. Some people are loud, in your face and full of energy. They love people and conversation, some can talk for hours and feel amazing.

Then there are introverts. No, we are not always shy, no we are not rude or even hate humans. We simply love quiet, being quiet and having short and straight forward conversations.

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Some of us need to get to know you first before opening up, so give us time to do so. Personally, it takes me years before I consider someone a friend or someone I can trust. If I am pressured to trust and open up before I am ready, best believe I will withdraw or never speak to you again. Give people room to make decisions for themselves. Sadly, I believe a lot of people look for validation from others. So, if an introvert doesn’t give them the attention they seek, they feel…less than.

Everyone wants to be a motivational speaker these days. It’s quite infuriating, honestly. I don’t mind others wanting to do it, but I surely do not. And I’m quite sure, there are others that feel the same. They will force you, shame you and nag you into public speaking, as if your worth and future depends on it. Give people the freedom to choose their own path and their own lives without the guilt trip. That’s right, saying someone isn’t going to make it in life because they don’t live up to your standards is controlling.

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It takes a lot of strength, as in introvert to say ‘NO’. We are shamed everyday for being who we are. We are not allowed to shine in our strengths but forced to change, to see ourselves as faulty. I believe true strength is quiet, sometimes. It takes strength to be different, to quietly assert your confidence in a way that is unseen. To be so secure in yourself that you do not need the validation of others, you do not need the company of others to define your worth or your future.

I had to learn how to speak up for my needs. I had to learn how to enforce boundaries and make it clear that I’m not changing and I’m not doing anything I am uncomfortable with or don’t believe in.

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We need all kinds of people to function and strive in this world. Introverts have a great role to play. If you are a manager of a company, a teacher, a spiritual leader, a parent, or anyone in position of authority, please do not change or shame the introverts you lead. Be observant and you will begin to see a whole list of traits and skills that these wonderful introverts can add to your company, etc.

Introverts carry many valuable soft skills that are often overlooked and needed in a company. Some include : analytical skills, attention to detail, excellent written communication, patience under pressure, and the ability to work and stay focused. It does differ from person-to-person, but this is just to give you a general idea of what to look for.

A great leader observes a person as an individual with their own skill sets, not someone to mold into their image.

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My hope is that this will bring some awareness to those that have an ear to hear, but also a source of comfort and encouragement to fellow introverts, who feel as if they are not allowed to be themselves, completely. I’m here to tell you, that while it will be a life long battle, you hold the power in your hands. ‘NO’, is a powerful word – use it to enforce your boundaries. Trust me, you will feel so much better that you did.

 

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God Is A Mystery

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In this world, we are all striving to make money and do something with our time.

I’m up at midnight, reflecting on recent changes in my life. I realized that God is a mystery, literally. Does anyone know what He is truly thinking? Do we really know why things happen the way they do and for what purpose? Can we anticipate God’s next move?

I have come to the end of myself. I cannot rationalize or make sense of God’s ways. He does things that confuses even the wisest of us. We can judge all day long and still end up wrong. We don’t know what God is doing on the inside. He works mysteriously behind the scenes, in people’s hearts and in every circumstance to bring about His will. What is His will?

How do we know what God’s intent is in a given situation? What if a young woman and a young man love each other but one is saved but the other isn’t. Do we write him off completely? What about Esther? Didn’t she marry someone of another faith and culture? But her marriage to the King was God’s plan to save her people.

What if someone becomes homeless and that was God’s plan to get them to their destiny? What if illness was the means to draw someone close to him? What about Joseph and Daniel serving ungodly Kings?

We think we know, but do we know? Why God does the things He does? Why He chose to let Job be tested and trialed by Satan? We got a tiny glimpse of the dialogue in heaven. Who knows what is being said about us right now.

I cannot control God. I cannot pray and believe that God will answer my prayers as I prayed them. I’ve learned to simply pray my needs but then end the prayer with : let your will be done. I’ve watched God open and closed doors. Doors that I thought would be answers to my needs and God said no, only to open other doors that make no sense at all.

God is loving, kind and patient but he isn’t swayed by human emotion. You cannot bribe God into doing anything He doesn’t want done. We can’t praise or speak out prayers into existence. God is sovereign, He doesn’t need our help.

Human beings know NOTHING. We are all carrying baggage and burdens. We all have a past , full of wounds and lessons. All we know is what we perceive. We don’t know what the best course is for our own lives, so why do we think we know the best for others? This realization made me humble. I need God. Human beings cannot tell me what is the best course for my life, only God can.

So seek Him. Seek Him out for the course of your life. He is the only one that knows what is best for you. I now know how to give people advice: pray and seek God. We may hear and see what someone is going through, but only God truly knows. This is where patience is needed, to wait for God to lead us in the way we should go.

We oftentimes want to jump ahead and make our own decisions because we think God is taking too long. We become afraid of losing time. Be patient, as everything has it’s time and season.

Don’t worry about those that laugh and judge you. Everyone laughed at Noah and Abraham. Noah built an ark before rain ever existed. God told him that there will be a flood and only those that take shelter in the ark will be saved. Everyone laughed at him. They thought he was a nut case. But Noah patiently obeyed God’s instructions. What has God told you that was hard to believe? What did you actually believe but have allowed others to convince you otherwise? Trust what you heard from God.

It’s hard to believe because we don’t see the evidence. It takes too long. People are laughing and mocking us. But if you forfeit the vision, what is your purpose? What aimless thing are you chasing after? All the crazy things biblical characters believed for, determined their purpose. Abraham the father of nations, Moses who led Hebrew slaves out of bondage, Noah and the flood, Esther and saving her people from genocide, Joseph and His dream that got him in trouble with his jealous brothers but was the door in which God used to help his family and various nations in time of famine.

If you believe in God and walk with Him, trust that every painful experience has a purpose. Trust that every odd circumstance has meaning. It all has meaning. Life isn’t meant to be understood anyway.

Until next time,


Just Be Yourself – Literally

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This week was full of anxiety. I cried so much over the weekend, and during the week, I was too scared to think clearly. The week went by in a blur and it wasn’t until today that I found many lessons – and a major one worth writing about.

You see, I am not a speaker. I’ve had the whole world and their momma (haha) tell me that I’m a speaker. Where I work, I am sometimes asked to speak and instruct. It’s nerve wrecking and it brings me great anxiety. I have tried, all my life to overcome this but it has only gotten worse as I got older.

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It hit me in the face, today, that I’m being someone I’m not. Well, I’m being pressured. People will say : “if you don’t overcome public speaking fears you will never succeed.” , “You are a coward.” “You can adapt and change.” “You have low-self confidence.”

I realize this is peer pressure dressed up in a fancy package called motivation. It demoralizes a person. Makes them feel less than and sub par for not meeting expectations. Watching the “I look down on you” expressions from people that want you to live up to their standards.

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Where they (and I for a short while) saw mistakes and failure, was where I saw strength and character. First off, congrats to me for even doing it. However, I realized my own strengths. I have the ability to break down hard concepts into simple and easy to understand examples. I can relate to people who are a bit slower than the rest and provide encouragement and a safe place for them to learn. I use my mistakes to help others avoid the same pitfalls. I also like brain storming with people – giving us all an equal footing , instead of me just lecturing and teaching something.

I was so focused on being like them, instead of being me and I refuse to do that ever again. I may not know everything – and I am honest about it – and I may not be the most eloquent speaker but I don’t need to be.

Never again will I allow anyone or anything pressure me to perform. Never will I be anything other than who I am. God made me the way I am and I will not change myself to fit in, be liked, or to succeed. There are skills and traits that I will develop over time, but public speaking just isn’t one of them.

I will succeed either way because I believe I will, not because other people say so. Remember, you must believe in yourself even if the world doesn’t. You must stand firm in your beliefs and identity even if the world rejects you. You don’t have to change to fit in. I don’t need anyone’s approval, nor do I need to speak unless I have something important to say.

I thought becoming myself was improving each part , piece by piece. But it was finding a hidden wholeness seeing the fractures as the design. - Brianna Wiest

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I hope this message is clear: introverts , quiet people, don’t you dare change who you are for anyone! You were created this way for a reason. If everyone is the same, who will be different? It was all the quirky people that left a real mark in this world. Not everyone will do the same things and in the same way and in the same order.

Don’t let the world, or the church, family or friends pressure you to be someone you are not. You will feel like an impostor, you will feel anxious and afraid and you will most definitely NOT feel confident. There are many ways to take risks, many avenues and paths to venture. Don’t be forced to do anything but do everything out of love.

Be yourself, literally and don’t compromise!

Until next time,

My Father Is A King And He Dwells In The Heavenlies

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Proverbs 31:22 (NLT) She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

One day, I was having an intimate conversation with God and I began to speak in poetry –

My father is a King and he dwells in the heavenly courts. It was the beginning of a powerful prayer, a prayer of identity.

God also told me to read Proverbs 31 during another time in prayer. I was like, “excuse me but, what does this have to do with what I’m going through?” I read it anyway.

Proverbs 31:22 (NLT) She makes her own bedspreads, she dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

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This, Proverbs 31, woman knows her worth. She is frugal, a business woman, intelligent, wise and hard working. She isn’t lazy and she isn’t cowardly. She also obeys the Lord.

A lot of times people make this about a wife – and rightfully so, as she is a proverbs 31 wife BUT I believe all people : male and female can learn from her.

You see, when we know who we are in Christ, we start living like it. We start acting like people that know Christ. It’s not enough to say the sinners prayer, say you’re a christian, go to church etc. We must walk with God like Enoch, Moses , Daniel and Joseph did.

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A Princess doesn’t hang around filth – which in our case would be sin. A Princess seeks the best and she is backed up by her father – the King. He has her back, she can run to daddy and he helps her. He protects and provides for her. This doesn’t mean trouble won’t come and it also doesn’t mean she isn’t required to rise up in her identity, but it means she has power and knowledge backing her up. She knows the God of the world protects her spirit.

She has complete confidence in God – not her abilities. Human beings are of great worth to God. We are precious to him. Christ gave up so much – coming to earth as a human and experiencing  life, death and betrayal. He was the perfect demonstration of God’s love – meeting us in our limitations but because He is holy – he is the perfect demonstration of a Godly life.

He is God because he didn’t stay dead and he didn’t continue to live on earth but once alive, he went back to heaven.

We have hope – because we all must die. But the hope is that we too get to spend the next life (after death) with Christ forever.

So, our time on earth, must be spent walking in that identity God has given us. We are children of a great King and everything he does is good. We must trust that our father loves us. We must trust him.

Like Daniel’s friends who trusted God – even knowing that God is not required to save them. But they love him no matter what.

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If God doesn’t give us what we prayed for, will we continue to walk with him? Will we continue to talk to him and trust him?

Flee from sin. A godly life is your comfort and protection. Royalty does not mess with filth. Don’t let your wicked heart taint your life.

Purple is the color of royalty simply because purple dye was rare and costly. Only the rich could afford it. I’m quite sure most of us are not rich, but I truly believe that we can be rich/wealthy with whatever we have. We don’t need to walk around looking destitute, depressed and defeated.

Humility is a deposition. Humility involves gratitude. I truly believe God wants us to be creative and imaginative.

Remember your worth – God loves you. Don’t mess with sin – run from it and trust God. He is your father and he dwells in the heavenly courts. He has all knowledge and all power! He has ultimate control. Trust Him with your future and your soul and you will always be at peace.

God Bless,

Teacher – I Have A Question!

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I’m stumped! I have no advice to give you, maybe some words of encouragement but here is just a glimpse of a mind full of questions.

What do you do when a situation makes absolutely no sense. It makes sense based on patterns, human nature and folly, wickedness, sin, and just simply life. But, I hear all the time Christian leaders tell us to have expectation, to speak to our situation etc.

If God is sovereign, if his ways are higher than ours, if his wisdom is meant to confuse the wisest of men, what are we to expect? What about those that are martyred for the faith? Those that lose everything? What about people that die despite trusting God?

I remember, last year, I was sick and I told God that I loved him. I washed my face, fixed my hair and got dressed. I set out to live my best life , sick and poor.

I am simply going to make that same confession: God, I love you. You healed me last year and even though things are not exactly how I want them, I am going to fix my hair, wash my face and get dressed. I am going to serve you afraid. I will serve you confused. I will serve you as I am, where I am and with what I have.

I have no answers. I cannot put the puzzle pieces together. I don’t even know what the puzzle looks like. I have no clue what God is doing but all I do know is that I love him. He has done more than enough for me. He is my strength, even now.

All I can expect in this life are two things: Human suffering and that Christ died and rose for me. Because of what He did, I have eternal life. That is the only guarantee in life. I could lose my life, all my material possessions, friends and family but the only thing that remains is my faith and the hope of salvation.

How God chooses to help me, if he even helps me – is his business. I won’t complain or tell him what to do.

The greatest peace I had was waking up and going on with life with the goal of living! I will not just survive, I will strive. I will utilize all that I am and all that I have.

I am thankful. He gave me everything I needed to face the unknown storm heading my way.

It’s like reaching new levels in a game. After winning each level you gain new skills, higher XP and learn better strategies to overcome. Each level makes you stronger.

Daniel 3:16-28(NKJV)

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Read the rest from the link above…

To those that lost everything or might lose everything, to those that are suffering in different ways, and those that were taught to speak to their situations and to believe in the false doctrine of the Law of Attraction, hear me:

Trusting in God does not mean bad things won’t happen. Trusting in God doesn’t mean you can speak to a situation and change it. God decides in the end when and how things will end. You must reach a place where you are willing to lose everything for Christ. To accept that persecution and troubles are part of life and especially the Christian life. We are not promised riches, fame or anything these false prophets have shoved down our throats.

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Our goal is sanctification – pruning and refinement. To become virtuous – humble, meek, gentle and kind. To have great faith and to walk in holiness. These things will never fade away.

God has the power to save us from all trouble but we must learn and be willing to learn. It isn’t always about our comfort. God is not a genie. But He did say he is our friend, our comforter and guide. We don’t know what kind of life God has planned for us, but all I know is that whatever it is, it is ultimately for our good and the good of those around us.

Keep the faith,

 

You’re Almost There

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Don’t give up, you’re almost there.

These are the words that ring through my head on a cold Sunday night.

Faced with opposition and the coming of a storm, the natural reaction is to either run in fear or shut down. It’s natural to want to give up or go another direction.

God revealed to me a very vague blue print of my current season. It was in that blue print that I found direction, comfort and peace. I had many opposition and trials but I stood firm on the foundation of God’s word.

However, the incident before me is greater than any I could imagine. Sort of like a tsunami that I  can see from the distance. It’s right over my head and there is no escape. The normal reaction is to either run or shut down but my spirit woman is saying to grab something flat and learn how to surf. I have no swimming experience. I’m out of shape and agility and balance is out of the question. I can’t consult YouTube , google or even another person. I just have to pick up the board and ride the waves. I have to be observant, deliberate and then just hop on. I have to study the waves, maybe I’ll be washed out, maybe I’ll drown . But there is another likelihood that i’ll find my footing and find myself the queen of the waves.

You are almost there.

Whatever you are doing – if God told you to do it, don’t let it go. Don’t give it up, even if you find yourself losing resources, support etc., just keep going! Don’t lose sight of the vision and trust that God will get you there. If He said it, He will do it. God is faithful to perform his word!

Have faith!

Hebrews 11: 1:

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for ; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. NLT.

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation’under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. MSG V 1-2

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. AMP

God requires our faith to serve and honor him. He gives us a dream or a destination and it will take all of his children great faith to get there. No Christian life is marked by comfort. All true Christians will have to leave their comfort zones and give up everything for Christ.

Have faith and believe in his word! Don’t allow anything in life stop you!

 

Don’t Numb The Pain – You Have A Choice!

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One of the greatest things I’ve done in life was sit through the pain. I didn’t run away, didn’t rationalize, didn’t find unhealthy ways to cope. I dropped everything and sat in my anger, shame and pain.

I sat there and embraced it, completely.

It was in my pain that I saw a loving God and the strength he has given me. In that lonely and painful time, it was then, that I realized that I am in full control over my decisions and actions. I decided, that the greatest power I have, is wielding my faith and holding on to my integrity. All the pain:  self-inflicted or caused by others, was not going to make me into a horrible  person.

I knew I ready won. No one can take God or my integrity away from me.

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Photo by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash

I can do good and be good.

I can rise above the pain of life.

I can hold on to what I truly believe in.

I can explore life with faith.

I also accepted that I knew nothing about the promises of God. It’s not enough to do good deeds, we need to know why we do them.

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Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash

We do good to off balance evil.

We do good to help others.

We do good to glorify God

We do good for our own future – storing up treasures in heaven that never rot or decay.

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Photo by Daniel Apodaca on Unsplash

The sight of heaven and being with God as a reward, made it easier for me to press on. Our mistakes and failures are meaningless under grace. We have a choice, every new day, to chase after God and his ways. We must be willing to throw out human opinion and fear of man to rise up. We will be misunderstood, hated and suffer all kinds of things when we decide to follow God. But, don’t focus on that. Focus on God and what he tells you to do. No one can make you do anything or be anything. No one has that power unless you give it to them.

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Photo by Oliver Roos on Unsplash

It’s a choice that affects every other choice you make.

Always aim to choose wisely.