i’ve met a lot of people in my years (including myself of course) that fight so hard to get somewhere or something. even to the point of being obsessed with a result that just isn’t meant to happen. doesn’t matter what it is: a job, an opportunity, kids, a certain lifestyle or status, car, relationship or mindset. don’t get stuck somewhere you’re not meant to be. although i believe Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible,” i like to look at it this way: with God all things WITHIN HIS WILL are possible.
get off the hamster wheel and try something different. if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. take a risk, what have you got to lose? He’s gonna lead you to where you need to be regardless!
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
remember He isn’t the one who moves. when we wander we are the ones who lose Him. He has a much higher perspective and always knows right where we are! Lord help me to stay on Your path. it is there where i will find true happiness. i trust You!
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
no one is promised tomorrow, not a one! therefore, live for today! accept God’s blessings today! walk His will today! thank Him for today!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
Today Is The Day
thankfully, not me! who are we to know what God has for us? let’s approach each day, not decided on what we have to do, but rather what He wants us to do as we take care of the responsibilities He has placed before us. there isn’t anything that can come our way that can shake us, if we are firmly planted in Him!
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
now that we are letting Him lead the way, even in the ugliest of times (see Stuck below), how do we actually become unstuck?
He does it!
how do we let Him lead?
how will we know what He is telling us to do?
what if the answer that is bringing you peace doesn’t seem like it’s the “right” fit?
that’s My God! He doesn’t abide by our rules, we should abide by His! search your motive and if your motive is pure and you are receiving His peace: it doesn’t matter what the world or anyone in your life says. He has provided exactly what you’ve been praying for: the path He wants you to step on!
always follow His Peace!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
have you ever been stuck in a situation or circumstance or life scenario that you don’t want anymore? you know the ones, all you want to yell is “uncle! i give up!” of course you have, that’s a silly question.
maybe the question should be: how did you cope when you were stuck? or what did you do to get unstuck? as much as we may hate where we are or what we have to do at the moment, the Bible promises He is with us, guiding us. we just need to let Him lead the way and not get stuck in what we think is going on or not. look for Him even in the ugliest of times, He is there and wants to help!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
some time ago a friend spoke of a study she was doing, so i apologize for not knowing what that study was. in any event, she shared with me something so profound that almost immediately i disagreed with her. that is, until i stopped to really think about it. it went something like this:
“the areas of our lives where we have the most fear, are the areas we trust God the least.”
“wow, how can this be true?” i thought. it sounded like a complete contradiction. of course i trust God, especially in those areas! why wouldn’t i? they mean the most to me. i pray the most for and about these areas!
what i figured out: praying doesn’t actually mean we fear less… we have to also release it to His care. it’s only when we have our hands completely off it … that He can do His thing and fill our [now empty] hands with His love and care!
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
ever been there? looking at your current situation and shaking your head? wondering where to go? and seeing the only choices before you don’t seem to fit what God would have? good thing He doesn’t see with our eyes! when things look hopeless, don’t forget who knows what’s coming. don’t forget the One who set you on the current path you’re on. the bible tells us to “live by faith, not by sight.” so let’s trust that His will shall come to pass, in His time, no matter what it may look like to us.
there is another choice. you may just have to trust Him to make it for you!
For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
It’s A Sign
ever felt not quite “you”? have you ever uttered the words “this isn’t me?”
there was a time in my life when I said these words quite often to those around me. I “wasn’t me” or at least the me I had been for so many years. but this is what I now know: the Lord was transforming me. He was molding me into someone I hadn’t met yet. a newer version, a better version, a closer version of the woman He created and wanted me to be. this was so foreign because I was so used to who I had become. as hard as it was, in the midst of all the shaping, I trusted Him. I knew beyond any doubt He loved me and I would be ok.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
The Hot Seat
who is, you? are you different for different people? does it matter what crowd you‘re in as to what version of you shows up? of course it does. that’s tiring, isn’t it?
good thing we have a Heavenly Father who accepts you in any particular moment or circumstance. you‘ll be met with complete grace, understanding and love. but in order to accept all He has, you must come as you are. open and ready for God to show up, not hiding any part of you. He already knows! it is you standing in the way because you come as you think He wants, not as you truly are.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.