Posts Tagged ‘hope’

Today at work, I was thinking about what motivates me.  No one came to mind. I thought, surely someone or something pushes me to be successful in life.  Not a one person came to mind.  Not Oprah, not Michelle Obama, not Joyce Meyers. I mean literally no one came to mind. Which I found really weird.

But as I sat there thinking about what comes to mind when I am struggling with an issue, or when I am about to make a life changing decision. My 2 beautiful daughters came to mind. Truly I am motivated by them. This strong will to succeed and please God is my motivator. Being a good person and living my best life now is my motivation. Funny thing is, as I write, I believe that others motivate me.  My drive to motivate someone with a low self-esteem, fearful, suffering from abuse, knows loss, confused, unhappy or even suicidal is my motivation to push through every obstacle that comes my way.

I want my life to be a testimony of hope, of drive, of success and peace. All while being a mom, wife, friend, sister and Christian!  When I talk to others that struggle in these areas, I can’t help but see me all over them. I want them to never give up! To view me as that little engine that could, would and did!

I am a conqueror!  I do not conqueror on my own! I do not walk this life on my own. I do not succeed on my own!  I do all of this in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ!  A name higher than my own!  A name higher than any name!  With a power that can literally  move mountains, raise the dead, and heal the sick! Operating in his power, makes me a force to reckoned with because I know that I am nothing without him!

HE is my TRUE motivation!

 

 

wolfIt’s like while you’re going through something in your life, Satan comes along to beat you down even more with his accusatory and convicting antics.  He makes you doubt your Faith, the fact that you are a Christian, your sanity and so much more. All because you are having a weak moment.  He uses our weak times as his personal playground to slip-in and mind control us.  Please do not get dismayed or psyched out by it.  Speak the word of God and remind yourself of the promises that God has told you.  Satan is lurking and waiting for the right moment to tear at us.  He uses confusion, low self-esteem, self-hate, our faults, our questioning, our anxiousness, and simply lack thereof to prove God wrong all the time. His sole purpose is to cry-wolf that God is a liar, God can’t be trusted and God doesn’t love us.  However, that is the time where we must then fight and fight hard!  Fight him with the Word of God and operate in the strength of God’s might!  God is one opponent he can’t sneak attack or win against.

2 nights ago, I had another dream about a tornado.  My husband, I and our two daughters were driving to church.  We knew a bad storm was coming because we heard about it on the radio.  As we were driving, I noticed from a far a tornado developing and another one coming directly at us.  Hoping that my husband could possible beat it, I screamed go, go! He went as fast as he could, but the tornado was way too fast. We got swept up in it.

As it snatched us into its stomach and swallowed us whole, I immediately closed my eyes and began to pray loudly in the car.  All I remember is being so wrapped-up in my prayer and allowing God to calm me and praying he did the same for my family.

The prayer request that stood out the most was me asking God to allow our fall to feel like we landed on a pillow.  I knew we would be thrown somewhere and we were!  But God honored my prayer and the fall felt just like we landed on a pillow.  We were not harmed and neither was our car.

The next day, I contemplated on the dream asking myself what God wanted me to get out of it.  I thought about how my (real) life has been pretty crazy right now and how I have lean so heavily on God during this time.  More than I have ever done in my life.

I realized at that moment that God wanted me to always keep my eyes on him. Despite this world-wind of life and all that is going on, he wants me to simply close my eyes and have Faith that he will honor all those things that he has promised. But most of all –  he hears me and sees me wherever I am and because of my Faith in him, he will always pull though for me.  Amen to that Good News!

Hallelujah, this really blessed me – just the fact that my daddy revealed himself to me in a dream about tornados (which I have always been fascinated with and fearful of at the same time since I was a kid).

I am loved!!!  Hallelujah, I am loved!!!!

Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Today while on the shuttle, I decide to go onto my Facebook as I do daily.  I noticed that I had a friend invite from my grandmother on my dad’s side.  Immediately I thought, why? Why did she send me a friend request?  I haven’t talk to her in over 10 years or my dad if not longer.

Just out of curiosity I went to my dad’s Facebook page only to find that my friend request from months ago was not accepted and that he had updated his profile and cover photo and to top it off, his son and sister were his mutual friends.

I began to feel a sense of rejection.  Asking myself why he wants nothing to do with me.  Before I could deep the hole deeper, God reminded me that he was my father, my true father.  He created love, he is love and I am loved.  It’s amazing to learn that you are loved, but its life changing when you recognize his love.  God spoke to me letting me know that in him I am so deeply loved and that I do not have to hungry for love or thirst for it because the flow from him will never stop or run dry, it will never dwindle.  It will always overflow and overflow.

At that moment, those feelings of being unloved and rejected quickly disappeared because I have finally recognized that I have a father who is love, but most of all who created love. He made me in love and nothing I can ever do will destroy his love for me. Hallelujah!

God has all the love I need!

 

 

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed in your Glory.  It’s like a heightened high in love and admiration for you.   I can’t control my praise or my body.  When I think about your goodness every part of my body goes into worship mode.  You literally take my breath away!  I trust you with all of me and every area of my life!  You touch places that no human being can even get to.  This is the craziest adrenaline rush – nothing compares to when you allow God to lead you blindly to unexpected places.  My stomach turns, my heart skips several beats, my mouth opens in praise, my eye close and bask in your presence. Your love for me has truly transformed my very being.  I know that I was not living before I encountered your love for me. I have fallen so deeply in love with you.  Your sweet words have captivated me. I blush every time I read or hear about you and how passionate you are about me. I give my life to you – the very life that you created.  I devote it back to you.

I love you Lord and am so Blessed that you love me!

I have felt like a foreigner in my own body, in this world, at work, and around others for some time.  At first this would bother me so deeply – wondering why I am like this, why are my thoughts, feelings and insight like this.

My life was flipped upside down and down side-up about a year ago.  I wholeheartedly gave my life over to Christ at 31.  I mean I really laid down the life I once knew and began to follow Jesus.  I picked up his Word and began to meditate on it day and night literally.  I was seeking him with every fiber in my bones. Until one day he showed up and showed out.  He took that natural life I was given and gave me a life that I never imagined that I could ever have. I became a new spiritual creature because he made me one of his Own.

His light dwells within me, constantly radiating and rotating his beauty on the inside of me. When situations arise and my normal reactions of fear, worry, sadness and rage try to arise, I feel the radiance of God’s love for ME reminding me that I am made whole in Christ.  His Word is constantly pouring out of my mouth and swimming in my mind. I am operating in the Spirit.

I am not myself – the self I once knew.  So when I don’t get quick to anger, worry, hurt, sad, frustrated, annoyed – I am reminded by Christ that I have been made brand new and all things from my past have been washed away.

I too, am not of this World and I don’t have to take on the characteristics, personas, ideas, actions, negativity, beliefs that they are offering because I have been transformed and renewed.

I have hope among the hopeless….

Never be blinded by fake feelings…the ones that seem to come and go.  Always keep your eyes on Truth – the constant unchanging Truth.  And that is God.  When you keep your eyes on him, no feelings of hurt, anger, despair, frustration, emptiness or whatever negative spirit can have its way with you. Because there is only one name that can demolish them all and that is calling on the precious and sweet name of Jesus. Everything shall bow and has no place torturing or tearing us down when his name is flowing freely in our minds and his goodness.  A name that brings life! And with life comes strength and power! Allow God to be the root that is dug so deep within that nothing else has room to sprout up, break us away from him and then eventually kill us. 

Focus on Truth today!!

 

It’s funny how life turns out – especially when you are no longer the navigator.  In my life I have learned that allowing God to guide me is what is best for me.  And you know what else, the release of trying to do this and that is no longer my job.  The pressure to figure out my own way is certainly no longer a pressure point for me because I have released control over to God.  Yes, I still have to do my part – but God is certainly guiding me down a path I have never imagined I’d take.  Yes, there have been a few ups and downs. But I wouldn’t trade anything for my journey now. The reason being is that I truly wouldn’t be as strong, confident, peaceful, but most appreciative of where I have been and my future. I know that there is nothing I can’t accomplish through Christ and Great things are ahead for me.

God does not remember your sins from the past, today and will not remember them in the future. Simply because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. He carried your sins on his back and died for you to have eternal life with him. And because his blood was shed for you. God sees what his son did. He sees his son’s blood covering you and all your sins. And because you believe in him. You can ask whatever you want in the son’s name and he will give it to you. “John 14:13” No matter what you have done. Start thanking him for that and stop thinking about what you have done wrong. It is not about you. It is about the Lord.

Mediate on this and receive his love today and watch him transform you from the inside out. He wants to make you brand new. You are righteous through God because of Christ Jesus. No sin that you have committed can change that.

Receive the love of God today because he first loved you. He is waiting on you because you are is beautiful child whom he adores…..His desire is for you to live a life full of abundance and in freedom. Allow him to be your rock. Allow him to be your father. Allow him to be your rest. Allow him to be your peace. He hungers for you. You are his baby and he wants to give you nourishment and life. He wants to breathe into you and pour his favour all over you and allow everything you do to be a success.

Come to Christ and allow him to be the head of your life.

 

Lately fasting has been on my mind. I have been reading a lot about what Jesus did on the cross for us and really have gained a true understanding that it is not about me or my actions. It’s all about what Christ did for me on the cross. He was beaten, bruised, slain and then died for my sins. He took the sting out of death. If we began to place our righteous on what we do be-it good works, fasting to get those big blessings, giving to the poor to earn something from God. Then his death is in vain. If we could do it our self, then there wouldn’t be a need for a savior. “Galatians 2:21: I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”

So this is why this morning when I was praying, I prayed for a clear understanding as to the importance of fasting. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and revealed that fasting is another action by man and it is not about man. It is about the son, what he did for us on the cross. Our depriving of food, things, or even actions cannot make or force God to bless us indeed, abundantly or all that we can imagine. It is what Christ did on the cross and our understanding of his Love alone that will allow him to open the flood gates of heaven and pour us out a blessing that we don’t have room enough to receive. Receive that today! “Ephesians 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

The Spirit continued on…Fasting is tradition and traditions are religion which is not line in with the Truth. That it is all about the love of God and him sending his only begotten son to die on the cross for a sinful lost world who could not save itself. He knew that we couldn’t do it on our own so he sent us a savior. We can’t take away what has already been done for us and we can’t make or force God to bless us because that battle was already fought on the cross the day he died and was resurrected. So your abundance is in him and all you have to do is ask and believe and receive that in the name of Jesus Christ. “John 14:13 – And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Once you have accepted this in your heart, watch the overflow of our savior pour into your life. A transformation will take place! I am a witness of that. “John 8:32: And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Hallelujah! Receive that today! There is nothing you can do to earn his love, his unmerited favor. There is no mistake to big that God cannot make right and no mistake to big that will cause him to leave you. Remember that it is not about you and your wrong doings or your marvelous actions. He will never turn his back on you or leave you. “Deuteromy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

It is about his son Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

When God sees you, he sees you as beautiful because we are covered by the blood of the lamb. He sees us as perfect because of what his son did on the cross for us. He doesn’t see our actions. Now believe on that and watch the fullness of God transpire in your life. “Ephesians 3:19 NLT – May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

I love you all so much and pray that God’s truth will rein in your life today.