Are You Listening or “INDEPENDENTLY” Gliding through Life?

Spending quiet time with God is a way of finding out what He is speaking into our life. Every word received from heaven is not meant for someone else. Some are direct revelations, so that we personally will know where to go, what to do, how to think and what to say. Through avenues, such as blog’s, podcasts, video’s, for example, we have been given a platform by which we are able to share; but, let’s also find ourselves, better yet, let me find myself hearing what God specifically has for me and not independently gliding through life. Lord, speak to me. I have an ear to hear and a heart to receive. Show me what You want me to learn through this journey. Change me first, O God, so that I may show others the way […]

God is speaking to all of us, all the time. The question is not, to whom does God talk? The question is, who listens?

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Spending quiet time with God is a way of finding out what He is speaking into our life. Every word received from heaven is not meant for someone else. Some are direct revelations, so that we personally will know where to go, what to do, how to think and what to say.

Through avenues, such as blog’s, podcasts, video’s, for example, we have been given a platform by which we are able to share; but, let’s also find ourselves, better yet, let me find myself hearing what God specifically has for me and not independently gliding through life.

Lord, speak to me. I have an ear to hear and a heart to receive. Show me what You want me to learn through this journey. Change me first, O God, so that I may show others the way.

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When the Picture Looks Different

When the picture of our life looks different than what we prayed for and what we ever imagined, we must remember that it’s only a test. God is able to take that distorted view and bring it into alignment with His will. We need to let God fix what is broken so that we can be effective in our daily walks with Him. We should never give up wanting our testimony to be that of 2 Timothy 4:7, which says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” […]

When the picture of our life currently looks different than what we prayed for and what we ever imagined, we must remember that it’s only a test. God is able to take that distorted view and bring it into alignment with His will.

As I sit here knowing that I am more than enough because the God who lives within me is enough, my heart still aches and the tears still gently flow over the disconnect that is sometimes present in the relationship between myself and my son. I don’t always know how to connect, so I just show a lot of love and support, even when a positive response is not always reciprocated. A lot has transpired and my once prodigal son has physically returned, but spiritually and emotionally, the picture, at times, still looks distorted.

How do we handle things when we can’t change them?

I am learning that in the course of our respective journeys, in many cases we have to meet people where they are and realize that until God gives them the strength to do better and to be better, we cannot compare them to others or hound them about not being where we feel that they should be. Rehearsing someone’s short comings will not bring about change. Only God can change a person from the inside out. We must trust in God and believe that they are on the path that He has established or allowed for them. Until their wills line up with the will of God, struggles within those relationships may be present.

Victory is ours, but the battle is still on.

It sometimes takes someone, be it ourselves or others, longer to receive what God has for them. God is still breaking them and cleaning up those damaged places within, before He can complete the rebuilding process. This calls for patience and understanding on our part, and we must remember that there have been times in our own lives, even though our stories may be different, where, possibly, we weren’t ready to hear about how God could change us or our various circumstances and life situations. We weren’t or maybe still aren’t ready to receive all that God has for us and are not ready to walk in our true calling.

God is loving and patient, and He works to clean us up and take us through some often difficult scenarios to get us to hear Him, and to obey Him, and to follow His leading for our lives.

My son recently purchased a used vehicle. Of course, because you know how young people are, he did not ask my advice about anything. He ended up paying money for something that was on the verge of dying. Within a month, there was a lot that needed to be repaired on that vehicle. The outside and even the interior looked well maintained and presentable to the outside world, but under the hood, things were a total mess.

That is the case sometimes within our lives. On the outside everything looks shiny and polished. We dress the part. We say the right words. We interact within the right circles. But under the hood are a lot of broken down parts. We are God’s chosen, more than enough, and can be used by Him; and, we are in the fight and moving towards our Promised Land, but we still have some things on the inside that must be repaired in order to properly and smoothly roll forward in this journey with Christ.

We must choose to let God fix what is broken so that we can be effective in our daily walks with Him.

We should never give up wanting our testimony to be that of 2 Timothy 4:7, which says,

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

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Just Around the Corner

Peeking my head, just so, around the corner of my wilderness view, I see a hint of “SON” just over the horizon. I feel the power of God manifesting over my life, as I continue taking the necessary steps to my Overwhelming Victory. On this journey toward my promised land, I have some idea about how I believe God wants me to proceed and I am anticipating the move of His victorious hand over my life. Nevertheless, I know that His ways are not my ways and God has no limits. I need to seek Him for HIS direction and the ordering of my steps. I cannot rely on any other source to be my guide, as I continue to venture forward […]

God used someone yesterday to demonstrate a few things to me and I would like to share it with you.

Peeking my head, just so, around the corner of my wilderness view, I see a hint of “SON” just over the horizon. I feel the power of God manifesting over my life, as I continue taking the necessary steps to my Overwhelming Victory. On this journey toward my promised land, I have some idea about how I believe God wants me to proceed and I am anticipating the move of His victorious hand over my life. Nevertheless, I know that His ways are not my ways and God has no limits. I need to seek Him for HIS direction and the ordering of my steps. I cannot rely on any other source to be my guide, as I continue to venture forward. I mustn’t look to the left or the right, but straight ahead to the God who brings order and direction according to His plan for my life.

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) says,
Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.

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Every Step Forward Counts

Zechariah 4:10a (NLT) says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” When God tries to move us forward, we must be willing to receive His hand of mercy. We have to want to come out of those dark despairing places. When we are in our low places, we can find peace in knowing that God can and will deliver us from our pits. We won’t be down always if we look up to our Redeemer and cry out to Him for His help. We must be ready for the deliverance. God will not violate our wills. We must be both WILLING and OBEDIENT […]

God orders our steps.

In my post “Do not Be Afraid! It’s in Process!”, I mentioned my, well, I don’t want to say frustration, but my inability to sometimes appreciate the baby steps that God has allowed my prodigal son to take. Sometimes I grow impatient with the process, but with God, every step forward counts.

I’ve mentioned my mom before and the suddenly miracle that God performed with reconnecting her with my son. Now let’s watch how God moved with joining together he and my Dad.

The relationship with his grandson he was once so close with, even sometimes connecting more as father and son, has been strained and somewhat shattered due to Satan’s evil plan to bring division and separation within the family. Satan has attempted to try to isolate my son, and during those times of isolation have tried and tried to strip him of the plan that God has for his life.

But God!

I know that I tend to use that phrase a lot, but God! There is no other way to describe it. If it isn’t for God moving in certain area’s of our lives, change would not occur. When things have crumbled and fallen apart, our best resolution is to turn to the one who can do something about it.

My dad called me excited and overjoyed because he had reached out to my son and after months of not being able to connect with him, all at once, my son responded. It was as if no time had passed. The laughter began, the connection renewed, the love of God was shining through. It’s still a work in process or progress, meaning the process is progressing, but every step counts.

RESULT: One step forward!
Satan’s attempt is stamped: FAILED.

Job 31:4 (NLT) says,
Doesn’t he see everything I do
and every step I take?

God sees it all. He sees when we stray from Him and because of His love for us, we as His children are often chastised as a Father disciplines his children. But it is God’s ultimate goal and plan to draw us back to Him. He wants to order our steps and allow us to experience the abundant joy of knowing who He is in our lives.

Proverbs 3:12 (NLT) says,
For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

God has a plan of correction so that we may walk as His children; obedient and strong. Continue reading “Every Step Forward Counts”

Desperate Situation? Solution Found!

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: El Roi, the God who sees me, as I sit here reflecting on Your loving kindness, I begin to give thanks. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. When I come to You God, You are always waiting with open arms to forgive […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

El Roi, the God who sees me, as I sit here reflecting on Your loving kindness, I begin to give thanks. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. When I come to You God, You are always waiting with open arms to forgive. Even when I fall short of Your commands and try to go my own way and create my own blueprint for life, Your unfailing love makes it so that I am always welcome back to You.

Lord, just as David, when I’m in a desperate situation, I can remember that I too can fall into the hands of the Lord, for Your mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands. For You are a just God who disciplines Your children with love and does not give me all that I deserve. Thank You for loving me beyond measure and for resurrecting my sin sick soul through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

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What Now?

Life!

Who knew that things would be this way! We plan or sometimes we don’t. Either way, life still happens, most times without much say from us. We are not in control. God is! Yes, we are fully aware of this.

Now, if you are not aware of this fact, keep living, and as you go through different tests and trials meant to draw you closer to God, you will begin to see who is really in control. We often struggle with this. We orchestrate and manipulate things to align them to our will and desires. But guess what? God’s will, will prevail, whether we cooperate or not.

The answer, the key, the “what now” that we are seeking, is to do just that, COOPERATE WITH GOD!

What does that mean?

That is definitely easier said than done. Because of sin and our fallen nature, we are in a constant battle with the enemy, satan, but also with ourselves. We trust God. We know that He is faithful and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Yet, we still struggle. We are anxious and we often worry our way through the day. Life can bring about some challenging situations and we simply want it all resolved immediately. I am a true believer of God’s miraculous power and His ability to do things suddenly, in an instant, if He so desires and works to make things happen that way in our lives. However, often, he chooses to make us wait so that His greater purpose will be manifested in our lives. This waiting period produces the struggle between our will and God’s; between our timing and God’s. It can even produce a wavering in our overall trust in God.

time for change, concept of new, life changing and improvementLike at this very moment, and basically through out this entire day, this feeling that I have carried around with me in the pit of my stomach has been overwhelming and almost unbearable. The moving, out of control, pieces of my life have exhausted me. I know God is in control. I know He is there carrying me through. I know my wilderness experience is coming to an end and that my promised land is right over the horizon. I know he has good intentions for my life and that if I continue to wait and continue to focus on Him, He is going to further reveal to me that plan and I will start to see all of the pieces fit together.

Nevertheless, I find myself seemingly not cooperating with God, and I cannot seem to truly shake this feeling that I carry with me when something is troubling me; when my trust is wavering. It’s a constant reminder that true peace, the peace that God offers to me, is eluding me. That is not how God intended for things to be.

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