21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 9


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I learned through the years that life isn’t always easy. But if you’re always looking at the bad, you will miss the good.

I have come to realize though, that just like when finding the silver lining, there is a beauty in the storms.  You have to embrace them. They are a blessing in disguise.

How would you know the morning if you didn’t know the midnight?

 

Earlier this summer I came home one day and it was pouring down rain…and I mean POURING. Somehow, rain is the last thing you want when you’re focused on you, and how you look, and what other people might think of you, and how inconvenient being wet can be…once again, this is when you are focused on you. I put aside those thoughts and went out and danced in the downpour. I am not sure how long I was out there, but it was long enough to be drenched when I was done, and long enough to lose myself in the freedom of being released to the storm.

I think God allows the storms in our lives to get our eyes off of ourselves. It is in desperation that we realize how much we need Him. When we keep Him as our focus, even when storms come, and we learn to dance no matter what is surrounding us and no matter what our circumstances might be we grow. And when the storm passes, somehow the dripping-wet clothes we’re wearing don’t matter anymore. Somehow, the hair being drenched and make-up running don’t matter anymore. Somehow you lose yourself when you embrace what comes at you, and it makes you who you’re becoming to be.

21 Days of Never the Same – Day 2


PrintFor the last few weeks God has really been reminding me and deepening my revelation of His faithfulness. I remember when I first got that revelation of how faithful He really is.

A few years ago at my church’s Women’s Winter Enrichment Weekend, the speaker, Rev. Sue Willis spoke on the faithfulness and promises of God. I can’t say that I remember everything she taught on, but there were some truths taught that day that found their way to my heart.

The first of those being what is to this day one of my favorite verses: Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

This was the first revelation I received of God’s faithfulness in my life. And since, year after year I have seen it increasingly more and more.

Then today my school had the honor of ministering at Agape A/G in Weedville, PA. One of my dear friends Olivia was preaching and go figure, preaching on the promises and faithfulness of God. She did such an incredible job. Something that I really took from her sermon is when you doubt and don’t have that trust that God will fulfill the promise He has given you, then it can put you in a place where your trust isn’t strong enough to hold the promise when He gives it. Sometimes God is waiting on you to just trust Him and trust in His timing to fulfill it.

Something that God has been showing me and what I want to remind you of today is this:

When God gives you a promise, you have a promise and it’s not your job to see that it is made.

Sometimes it might seem like that promise will never be fulfilled. When that happens we can’t tend to take matters into our own hands. (Abraham & Sarah anyone? – Hagar, Ishmael…you get the idea. You want the Isaac. Not the Ishmael.)

God’s delays are not denials.

 Trust in His goodness to do what He has promised.

Hold fast. He who promised is faithful!

 

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