It’s Going to be Alright

Everything Will Be Alright

Have you ever heard the song, “Every Little Thing” by Hillsong Young and Free (I am going to place the lyrics and YouTube video down below)? It is an amazing, encouraging song that reminded me that everything happening in this life is going to be alright.

I just want to share this song with anyone that is trying to figure out this thing called life, and I want to encourage you that every little thing, every detail, every plan, every situation, every pain, every stress, every loss, every impasse you may find yourself at, everything that seems incomplete, everything that seems impossible to face or handle, that every little and big thing is going to be alright. God has a distinct plan for your life, and I know it doesn’t all make sense yet…the key word is YET, but it will. And the only way you are going to know His plan is if you keep going.

He is not blind nor deaf to where you are or to what you are up against, but He is working things out better than we could ever do on our own. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways on a higher playing field than our ways. Jesus is ALL KNOWING, ALL POWERFUL, ALL WISE! He sees our lives in dimensions and realms that we cannot see or comprehend because we are only seeing from a horizontal view. His promise is that everything concerning us will work out, that every little thing, no matter what it looks like now, is going to be alright.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

Keep going…Start believing Him…Learn how to trust Him…He has our best interest at heart. I promise the plan God has in place for you is worth it all. God Bless.

[Intro]
Every little thing-ing-ing

[Verse 1]
Your favour waits within the future
My dreams are small compared to Yours
Why should I worry ’bout tomorrow when I know
That all I gotta do is trust You, Lord

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Verse 2]
Behind the scenes and in the details
You plan the perfect way for me
Why would I dwell upon the road’s uncertainties
When all I gotta do is look to You
Yeah, all I gotta do is look to You

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Post-Chorus]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Bridge: Andy Mineo]
Hey God, I know You don’t need no one to advise You
You probably do a better job running the world than I do
I just thought I’d remind You
I’ve been trying to find You
It feels like Satan working overtime, times two
They say if it doesn’t kill ya that refines you
But I’m trying to live, and that’s bigger than survival
It’s been a long night
It’s been a long fight
So just remind me now
Everything will be alright

[Outro]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

All Bible verses have been retrieved from biblegateway.com. The video was retrieved from YouTube. The photo image was created on Word Swag.

 

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A Much Needed Pause

As human beings, rest is so important to our lives and I’m not talking about sleep. I know that statement seems like a “duh, of course, it is” moment, but when life is in motion and it does not seem to offer a pause button, true rest seems to fade away into the distance. But its need in our lives never goes away.

The other day, I had been up since about 7:30am. I had spent a little time with God, got dressed and ran out the door. I worked for a couple of hours, then I worked on materials for a ministry event for the following morning. From there I went shopping for a few last minute items at different stores while eating in the car en route from place to place. My mind was so focused on just getting to the next thing; to pause would bring a delay in my agenda for the day, which of course I had no time for. It wasn’t until later that evening I realized how hectic my day had really been. I had one last store to get to and then I’d head home; not to rest of course, but to complete just a few more things on my to-do list.

I had decided to stop for some coffee and it was right before I pulled in, that a thought came to mind about Ruth, a woman in the Bible.

“She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.” Ruth 2:7b 

What wisdom he moved in; but I wrestled with the thought because, hello, I still had stuff to get done.” Then another thought came to take my coffee and go to my favorite place to be with Jesus. And with a slow exhale, I conceded, grabbed my coffee and headed to our place. On the way, He reminded me that the store would still be there and could wait, but our time together could not. And oh, how thankful I am for that rest, because it was in the small 30 minutes I paused with God in the midst of my “oh so busy schedule”, that I found more strength, peace, and joy to finish my duties that day with gladness.

And this my friend, was a good pause; one of tears, prayer and active anticipation to hear the voice of Jesus Christ. The pause grabbed 30 minutes away from my day, but it filled my empty places of exhaustion with strength, weariness with hope and scatteredness with wisdom. Never underestimate time away with God; we never realize how much we need it until we get it and realize how empty we really were. What we are empty of, He pours out generously into our dry places.

No matter how busy we are we must, pause, rest and be refreshed, then repeat whenever you need it. The time given to rest will replenish us with everything we need to finish our day, to get fresh eyes for what’s in front of us, and it will bring peace to our weary souls. And I’m not talking about resting in front of the television or a device of some sort or even being around people that make you laugh, but some real time away. Someone on one time with the One who created you and knows what you need to function at your best.

After my pause, I didn’t even feel the need to rush anymore. I made it to the final store with the ability to really enjoy the trip. I danced my way through the aisles with one earbud in, reasoned with myself on what to get (yes, I talk to myself to work out the kinks hahaha) and I prayed for wisdom when I realized the store didn’t have something I needed for the next day. I even paused for another 15-20 minutes to begin jotting all of this down in my phone. By the time I finished, a new cashier had emerged and I was able to chat with him and found out he had been in a car accident earlier that day. We were able to talk, laugh, and I had the opportunity to give him some encouragement.

Without that pause, I don’t know what mind frame I would have been in going into that final store. I may have been so rushed or I may have missed that perfect moment to encourage someone that needed it. Not only that, but I would have missed the opportunity to enjoy the movements of the rest of my day. I still had things to do, and through Christ, I was given the strength and strategy to accomplish them.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:39-42

There is always a time and a place to be productive and to handle the responsibilities of life, but we must also know when what seems like productivity has become busy work that keeps us from choosing the better: time with Jesus Christ. Taking pauses with Him has to become the best part of our day. We wouldn’t want to go hours upon hours and days upon days without spending time with those we love, so why do we make it so easy to not spend quality time with Jesus? It doesn’t make sense, yet we do it all the time. Pauses with Him allow us to be strengthened, encouraged, gain strategy, make a greater impact in the world and it brings the balance and perspective we need. So with all that being said, let’s be more conscientious to pause with God, for our spiritual health, mental health, and emotional health. You will thank yourself for it and others will thank you for it too. God Bless!

To Worship You I Live by Israel and New Breed

My favorite part of this song is: “Away, away from the noise, Alone with You, Away, away to hear your voice, And meet with You, Nothing else matters”

Stay with Me by Jekalyn Carr

I heard this song for the first time almost a week ago, and I have listened to it almost every day since.

Jeklayn Carr shares that she desires for God to be the company in her life that never has to go home. It is easy for people to overstay their welcome in our homes, but there are a few people who can stay as long as they like without a complaint from us. This is who I desire Christ to be in the lives of ALL humanity; that He would come into our lives, every day visiting with us, and never feeling that we want Him to leave. Below is the YouTube video of “Stay With Me” by Jekalyn Carr and the lyrics are underneath it. My hope is that this song will bless you in ways you didn’t know you needed and that its lyrics will pull on your heart’s desire for Christ to draw closer and closer to you.

Do you desire that He stay with you?

God Bless.

Stay With Me by Jekalyn Carr

So, this song right here, means a lot to me
And I was traveling and God began to speak to me
He said, “When you think about company, they come over to your house
At some point because they are company, they have to go.”
He said, “But with me,
I want to be the person who can stay with you and
For the rest of your life.”
So, my prayer was to God:
You are the company that never have to leave me
So, I need You to stay with me

How can I live? How can I move?
How can I be, without You?
How can I stand, in the midst of pain?
I can’t go on, without You

You are the company that doesn’t have to go
So, stay with me

I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to Thee
You are my high victory
I can’t imagine life without You
So, stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

How can I live? How can I move?
How can I be, without You?
How can I stand, in the midst of pain?
I can’t go on, without You

You are the company that doesn’t have to go
So, stay with me

I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to You
You are my high victory
Can’t imagine life without You
So, stay with me
I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to You
You are my high victory
Can’t imagine life without You
Stay with me

Can you lift your hands and say: Stay? (stay with me)
Lord, I need You to stay with me (stay with me)
Somebody tell Him, stay with me (stay with me)
Oh, ’cause we need You, Lord (stay with me)
Say, stay with me (stay with me)
You have to  (stay with me)
Oh, stay with me (stay with me)
Yeah, yeah…

I’ll do whatever it takes, to keep You here with me
It don’t matter how much it costs, ’cause I need You here with me
I’ll lay down my will for You, ’cause I need You here with me, oh Lord
I’ll give whatever You require of me, I need You here with me, Lord
So…

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

Now right here, you ought to open up your mouth
And tell Him how much you need Him
Tell Him how much you need Him tonight, oh

I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You, Lord
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

I don’t know about nobody else up in here
But, I need God to stay with me (stay with me)
You oughta, you oughta, you oughta lift your hands
Lift your hands towards heaven
And if it’s your prayer tonight
Open your mouth and tell Him

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

Lift up your voice, lift up your voice
And let Him know how much you need Him
Let Him know how much you need Him
You don’t have to leave, You don’t have to leave
Stay with me, Jesus, stay with me, Jesus
‘Cause I need You, I need You

I need You, Lord
I’m just wondering if there’s somebody out there
Who don’t mind breaking yourself loose
And crying out to your master, “Here I am, Lord”
Whatever You need me to do
Whatever You want me to do
My answer is yes
My answer is yes
Open up your mouth
Open up your mouth
Lift up your voice and cry out to Him…

Blanketed with Peace

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“You might be lonely, but you’re not alone”

After my engagement end, the phrase above was one I heard often. It was a statement that was supposed to alleviate the sting of my new found loneliness, but instead, of welcoming its soothing balm of comfort, I would toss it off with a, “yeah, I know” or a simple head nod of understanding even though I couldn’t grab the magnitude of its truth. I knew everyone meant well, but in my whirlwind of emotions, I just wasn’t fully receiving it. At the time, feeling lonely and being alone all felt the same to me. I’m not sure if I ever really spoke this out of my mouth, but I felt it. But once I grabbed ahold of this deeper truth, it became a part of my reality; it held and still holds a lot of weight in my life.

But in the midst of my loneliness, I felt alone. I felt discarded, like an old piece of trash, by the man I had loved and it made me feel devalued and unwanted. I was on my way down the aisle with the man that had become my best friend and my seemingly Mr. Right; planning our happily ever after, talking about walking in ministry side by side, our future children’s names, life together forever…painting the mosaic masterpiece of our future together. And now it was all gone. No best friend, no husband, no happily ever after; just me and tears. Isn’t it something when situations make you feel like the world is crashing down around you, but God still has you in the palm of His hand? Listening and being attentive to our every need and desire. Loving on us even when we refuse to receive the comfort He gives. Yet He never lets us go, and He never wavers in being a present help in a time of trouble.  (Jesus, I love You! Thank You for loving us the way You do.)

During this time, loneliness seemed to loiter around in my life so much that we became good friends. She would sit with me daily in my pity parties, and would even help me decorate for them.  Helping me pick out my outfits of sorrow and despair. Night after night, I cried on her shoulder wanting things to change; not for God to heal me, but to bring him back and mend our relationship. I just wanted things to get better for us. At times, loneliness can offer up a sting so painful, that covers our eyes from the truth of what we really need, but

OH, HOW I LOVE JESUS!

He knows just what we need when we need it and the Spirit of God is always present.

There was one night, in particular, that helped me truly understand what the phrase, “you may be lonely, but you are not alone”, really meant. I remember it so clearly; it was so amazing, yet I don’t know if you’ll believe it, but here it goes:

I cried and cried and cried, and when I thought I was out of tears, I cried some more. I was laying my sister’s bed, just thinking about everything. My heart felt like it was shattered into a gazillion pieces, and all I could do was lay weeping in her bed staring out the window. Through tears, I remember choking out a simple prayer, “Holy Spirit, lay on me like a blanket. If You don’t, I won’t be able to sleep”. I said it, not knowing what else to say, or if He would or could even show up in that way. I was desperate, and I needed peace to sleep.

“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.” Psalm 120:1 ESV

No sooner than ending the prayer, I felt what seemed like a blanket covering my body, and in an instant, a peace that surpassed all understanding spread out over me. I had never felt comfort like that before in my life. The tears stopped, the thoughts stopped swirling around in my mind, the heartache ceased and for a moment, nothing else mattered but what God was doing. He brought a relief that I had no idea He could bring, and at that moment I loved God so much more than I had before. And with that, I shut my eyes and fell fast asleep. God heard me!!! He had really heard me.

I am so encouraged to know that my prayers are never wasted and that He cares dearly about the pains and sorrows of His children. This isn’t just true for me, but it is true for us all. He is listening, and He is willing to answer if we just call out to Him. Wherever you are in life right now,  be encouraged; our Father in Heaven is always listening and watching for the right time to answer your call. I heard Joyce Meyer say once, “God is always on time God. He is never late, but He is rarely ever early”. Keep calling, keep asking.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ” Matthew 7:7-8

Life can bring an array of emotions. Whether it creeps in from watching friend after friend get married and start a family, or having loved ones move away, or having to deal with unexpected circumstances or illnesses or even just trying to figure yourself out, know that the Holy Spirit is with you. No situation is too small, too basic, or too gigantic that He will not give attention to it.

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Situations in life can cause the world around us to be deafening with loneliness at times but know that you are never alone. God is ALWAYS with us. I know sometimes we want a tangible person to comfort us, but what we really need is Him. He wants to share in all that our lives consist of, not just the victories and shouts of joy but the bad and ugly days too. Every day isn’t always easy, but with Christ, even the loneliest and darkest of days can be reinvigorated when we let Him in.

Allow God to search you and examine the rooms of your heart and all the broken areas you have. He is here for you, so call out to Him, or even give a simple whisper, inviting Him into the room of loneliness in your life. He is waiting outside the door, will you let Him in?

Dear Lord, Thank You for always having Your ears attentive and Your eyes open to us. For all who are wrestling with the bear of loneliness, make Your presence known and felt. We need Your comforting touch, Your blanket of peace, Your refreshing rain of joy in the dry places of our lives. Daddy, we need You. Draw us out of the dreariness of loneliness into the sunshine of Your unending comfort and relief. We love You and praise You in advance. In Jesus name, Amen.

God Bless,

Arnita Faith

All Bible verses have been retrieved from crosswalk.com and biblegateway.com. The photo image was retrieved from online.

Praise Break: Enjoying Singleness

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“An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.” 1 Corinthians 7:34 NIV

My last relationship was eight years ago. I was engaged and getting ready to walk down the aisle when everything fell apart. The wedding was called off, and I sorrowfully and reluctantly began to pick up the pieces of my life. I can honestly say that this was one of the greatest things that could have ever happened to me, and I am a better woman because of it. Through all of the ups and downs of the emotional rollercoaster in the years that followed the split, I have learned more about myself and grown closer to Christ. I have received more joy than I have known what to do with. I have also found myself in great amounts of sorrow learning how to let go, move on and forgive them and me. I thank God for His love and His continual mercy that has been shown towards me, and all those that He has sent my way to encourage me in times of need.

“The unmarried woman or the virgin is concerned about the matters of the Lord, how to be holy and set apart both in body and in spirit;” 1 Corinthians 7:34 AMP.

In my earlier single years, finding that balance between being concerned with what mattered to God and what mattered to myself was hard, and sometimes it still can be. For so many years, I was devoted to people, places and things. I enjoyed doing my own thing, living my life by my own rules and I never thought twice about it. It wasn’t until I really began my walk with Christ that He began to reshape my thinking pertaining to single living. I am so grateful for God’s grace and mercy because my life was so out of whack, and some days it still is hahaha. He has been patient with me, and He desires that all single people come into an understanding of what it means to be single the Godly way.

These last eight years have not been all cupcakes and lollipops, but they have by far been some of the greatest sculpting tools to shape, mold, and chisel me into the woman I am today. And I would do them all again if it meant helping someone else.

I am grateful for the life I am living and all that I have learn and still am learning about who I am and who God is. If you are in a state of singleness, enjoy it and embrace. Don’t grieve it, but take in its beauty. This season has more value than you think. Look to God, lean on Him, learn from Him and learn more about yourself. In the mirror of Him, He will reflect all that you are. If you are single, God has a reason for it. Ask Him, really ask Him, and allow Him to pour into you new hope and fresh perspective.

Thank You, Jesus, for the gift and beauty of a season to be single. All of those who are in a season of singleness, help us to understand the beauty and worth that it has to give. Give us new hope, new understanding, and fresh perspective so we do not waste the blessing and time You have given us. In Jesus name, Amen.

All Bible verses have been retrieved from crosswalk.com and biblegateway.com. The photo image was retrieved from online.

 

Firstfruits

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Growing up, I was in and out of church for most of my life, and the concept of tithing and giving seemed to be something that I’ve always known about. But recently, God has been expanding my understanding of what it means to offer our firstfruits to Him.

Every morning when we wake up, we have a plethora of options before us that we can choose to do. We can: go on Facebook, check how many hearts our last picture received on Instagram, we can check out emails, check YouTube for new and interesting videos, we can check our text messages, use the bathroom, walk the dog, feed the fish, eat some cereal and the list keeps stacking higher and higher. So, what should the start of our day really look like?

“The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God” Exodus 23:19

Let’s back up for a moment because I know many of you may be thinking, “What is a firstfruit and why is it important?” This term was largely used in biblical times when many of the people were farmers and received much of their wealth and income through agricultural living. At the time of harvest each year, before the Israelites did anything else, they were to take the firstfruits of their harvest, as an offering to the Lord, to the priest in the house of God as a sign of reverence and obedience to God. They gave the first of their increase back to God; they gave their best offering believing that in giving Him their best, He would supply the rest of what they needed for their households. According to ‘get.tithe.ly’,

“The Hebrew word for first fruit is bikkurim—literally translated to “promise to come.” The Israelites saw these first fruits as an investment into their future. God told them that if they brought their first fruits to Him, He would bless all that came afterword.”

So what does all of this have to do with how we begin our day? EVERYTHING!

I feel like I have had a love/hate relationship with early mornings for a long time; even more so now that I have not had a drop of coffee since the end of 2018. So early mornings minus hot, flavorful coffee equals no es bueno. But nevertheless, Christ seems to be pressing the wake-up button of my internal alarm clock more and more. It has been a fight, a struggle, and a wrestling match to say the least. It hasn’t been easy, I have rolled over many times, and have missed opportunities to spend the early hours of the day with the Lord without disturbance. But I am so grateful for His relentlessness because He seems to always be patiently awaiting my rise from slumber an hour later when the alarm clock on my desk begins to beep.

Thank You, Lord, for Your grace and new mercies daily!!!!

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking, “How does the start of my day have anything to do with a first fruit?”

“And it shall be, when you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide.” Deuteronomy 26:1-2

It is the first increase we receive each day, and it is the new land that He has brought us into. Sleep gives us renewed energy, it helps our brain cells function and get refreshed, it recharges to hold information, and a new day means new life, a new opportunity. God deserves the first portion of our day because He gave us another day to live, breathe, and move about in the world. He deserves our first portion because He is Lord!

It is in giving the first portion of our day, that we are able to fellowship with the Father, receive wisdom for the day, revelations of hidden things, be loved on and filled with love to give to others; we are set in order, given a new perceptive, receive new hope to continue, given wisdom to navigate life and the list goes on and on.

‘‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’’ Jeremiah 33:3

George Washington Carver credits his morning prayer walks with God to the multiple ways in which he learned how to utilize the peanut. He would ask God to reveal His mysteries to him, and God revealed to him over 300 ways to use the peanut. Years after the peanut mysteries were revealed to him, he asked God again, and God shared with him over 115 ways to utilize a sweet potato. How amazing is that?! This all came from offering to the Lord the firstfruits of his day.

It’s not easy to get up early, especially when you’re tired, studying for finals, have to go to work, tend to children, tend to your spouse, run errands, have late nights, feel exhausted, and the list goes on and on. But this is not something we have to create a habit with by ourselves, but do it with the Holy Spirit, our Helper. I have heard that one of the greatest prayers we can pray is, “Help me”. And the more we consistently lean on Him and not on ourselves,  the more it will become a habit and the easier it will become. And the more we do it, the more it becomes apart of our lifestyle, and then the desire for it will take root and grow more and more. To the point where we cannot see our lives without it.

There is such a beautiful closeness that is built during our time with the Lord. I am learning that if I am not willing to get up when He nudges me in those early hours of the morning, which I am fighting like ever to heed His voice when He calls, that even when the external alarm sounds in the atmosphere, I must still offer Him the first portion of my day through thanks and praise, and be still to listen as He speaks. And even after learning the story of the mysteries revealed to George Washington Carver, it charges my faith to seek the mysteries of God even more.

There is such a peace and joy in having the privilege, as we do, of being spoken to by our Creator. He never neglects us, even when we neglect Him. His faithfulness is unending.  

Thank You, Father!

To not give Him this portion of our day, sets us up to be out of order with the heart and desires of God. He is the Creator of our timelines and the Orchestrator of our days. So why would we not want to spend time with Him, learn from Him, learn about Him and fellowship with Him?

“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:4

We are His representation in the earth, and He desires to lead us and teach us in His ways so that we will be polished images of Him in the earth. And when we are, it opens the door to share Christ with others. Slowing down, and changing the routines of our lives can be difficult, but it is worth it when it means drawing closer to Him and being led in the way of righteousness. This causes us to be pleasing to the Lord. He is worth more than the last few moments of our day or the car ride to work. He deserves the best part of our day, not just any ol’ portion of it.

Each day, God meets me in the morning; I have been late to the meetings many times, but I am thankful that He waits for me to catch up. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right away, He honors our efforts and patiently waits for us to catch up. We have to be honest with Him in our struggles, and let Him help us. He wants us to lean on Him more than ourselves. He is always speaking, but are we always willing to slow down and listen? No, and that has to change. He is always desiring to pour out His mysteries into willing vessels, but we have to be still in our hearts and minds and allow what He is pouring out to land within us. Because what He is pouring out is not just for us, but for the whole world to be directed back to Him

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46:10

God Bless!

Excerpts in this blog were retrieved from get.tithe.ly and I do not own any copyrights to them. Information given on George Washington Carver was retrieved from http://www.truenorthquest.com and I do not own any copyrights to it. The bible verses were retrieved from bible.com and I do not own any copyrights to them.

Lift Up Your Head in Hope

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“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Proverbs 13:12 NIV

We become weary with worry, sorrow, and despair when the fruition of our hopes and dreams become delayed according to our own timelines. Proverbs 13:12 has become one of my favorite passages to reflect on. It reveals to me the root of my despair when the wait seems long, but it also gives me great comfort. Comfort in knowing that as God fulfills my longings and leads me on the path He has ordered for my life, new strength of life will begin to spring up within me. It gives me an even greater reason not to throw in the towel, but to instead seek the Lord for strength to hold on as I wait patiently to see different hopes fulfilled.

In God’s word and in His presence we regain our joy in knowing that our hope has a purpose and we are refreshed in knowing that one day our hopes will be fulfilled. Not in our own timing, but in His alone because His timing is perfect and without blemish or delay.

As I read my bible yesterday, God’s Word fed my hope and brightened the eyes of my heart with joy. As I dug deep into the riches of His Truth, the whispers of the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to share scriptures that are a constant rekindling of my joy and hope in the promises the Lord has placed in my heart.  So, down below are some scriptures that I have written down in my journal for my own personal meditation and reflection in times of despair. I pray they bless you as they have me. I hope your head is lifted, and your heart smiles at the hope that the Lord has promised. God Bless.

Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.”

Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”

Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

Nahum 1:7 “ The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.”

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”

Psalm 139:9-10 “If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.”

Psalm 138:8 “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  

John 14:27 “ Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Colossians 3:14-15 “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

Jeremiah 17:7  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.”

Psalm 27:13-14 “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

2 Chronicles 15:7 “But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.”

Psalm 103:1-5 “A Psalm of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Isaiah 40:27-31 “ Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”

Romans 8:37-39 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”