Have you ever felt like God has completely forgotten about you? Me too. It always seems to be more noticeable in times of waiting. The Bible states several times about patiently waiting, and I don’t know about you, but that can be really hard sometimes. I love the story of Lazarus! The Bible tells us in John 11 that Lazarus’ sisters come to tell Jesus about their brothers illness and after hearing the news Jesus waited a couple days. Whoa! You would think if someone came and told you of an illness of a dear friend that you would rush to it. After a couple days passed Jesus shows up to see Lazarus but he was already dead. Do you ever feel like your dreams will die before Jesus shows up? I’ve had times in my life where I’ve felt like Lazarus’ sister, saying Lord the one whom you love has need of you then I find myself waiting and waiting for Him to show up. It’s hard to not think we’ve been forgotten in these seasons. But Jesus knows the perfect time to show up. He knew the miracles He could perform and what it would do for those around Him just like He did with Lazarus. Friend, I want to remind you that Jesus is never late, in fact He is always right on time. Even though we may not see the purpose in the waiting He knows just when to show up and make everything work out for you. If you are in a season of feeling frustrated because you are waiting on God to fulfill the last thing He told you, be encouraged that God’s not done yet! Your job is to stay faithful to the last thing He told you to do, and trust that just like He has before- He will always show up right on time! XO
Many of you have probably heard of the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-30. His famous question of what might I do to inherit the Kingdom of God? Once God explains to him how he can inherit eternal life he becomes very sorrowful because he had a lot of great possessions. This scripture has been described in many different ways and has been taken out of context but I want to dissect this story with you so you can see how God does want us to be prosperous and live a blessed life. In vs 25 the eye of the needle was a gate into a city. In that time they loaded everything onto the backs of a camel and would take it into the city’s gate. Obviously the more you have the higher the stack on the camel’s back would be. The gate into the city was very small so naturally if you had a large pile of possessions you would have to take it off of the camel in order to fit into the gate. What God was illustrating in this verse is that if the man gave it all away that He would give it and more back to him, it wasn’t that if he had a lot of possessions then he wouldn’t be able to enter the city. Jesus wasn’t after his possessions, just like he isn’t after our behavior or our church attendance, He is after our heart! The rich young ruler was boasting about how he had it all together, had not made any mistakes and seemed to be “perfect”, yet Jesus in a moment exposed the area where he lacked trust in God- His finances. It wasn’t that Jesus didn’t want him to be rich but He wanted him to trust Him with his finances. God wants you and I to be financially prosperous, He doesn’t want us to struggle to pay our bills and live in lack. You see, when we aren’t living prosperous all we think about is ourselves. How am I going to pay the next bill or how am I going to put food on the table but when God begins to bless us our minds begin to shift off ourselves and we start thinking about others and where we are able to bless others and give more. The Lord’s Prayer states “on earth as it is in Heaven”. Do you think in Heaven they are struggling? No! The streets are paved with gold!! If God told us to pray this prayer then that would conclude that we are supposed to live this kind of life today here on earth. Not in lack or struggling but living life abundantly. Yes we can be rich in love, hope, joy, and peace but we also can in our finances as well. At the end of the day God is after your heart. Are you trusting Him in your finances or are you trying to handle that area of your life on your own?
Friend,God wants to bless you and make you exceedingly prosperous so through that you can be a blessing to those around you! XO
I don’t know about you but I always strive to be a positive person. But unfortunately disappointments are inevitable even for the pessimistic. Sometimes being pessimistic is even harder because you believe the best always and most times things don’t turn out like you had thought. How we handle these disappointments and frustrations are important! What do you do things don’t go as planned? I love the story in Luke 24 where the two disciples were walking and discussing all that had happened when Jesus himself caught up and walked with them! They were so disappointed and could only see what was wrong that they didn’t even notice Jesus himself was with them! When we lose hope we also lose perspective and we aren’t able to see Jesus in the midst of our circumstances. Disappointment is actually selfish because it sucks all the hope out of a situation to where you can’t see God moving. Unfortunately we don’t get do overs in our life. You can’t un yell at your kids, you can’t re-do that conversation you had with a customer. We don’t get a chance to take those things back but we can decide that your disappointment won’t rob you of a great future. Even though things didn’t go as planned, God still has a great plan for you. It’s how we handle these disappointments that set up what the story of your life is.
–Believe the best for your future. Don’t camp in your disappointment, move forward!
-Talk to you future. Even though you don’t feel like it right now or circumstances may say otherwise, declare that God has more and is taking you to greater places! The words you are speaking and what you are declaring is what will either build you up or tear you down.
-Keep yourself fresh. Take time to be renewed by God, shut down all distractions and be filled with His presence.
-Never allow your faith to come down to the level of your circumstances. Always call your circumstances to come up to your level of faith. Constantly be believing God for greater!
Friend, I want to remind you if it isn’t good God isn’t done, He gets the final victory. Stop looking at disappointments as a setback and start looking at them as a stepping stone to where God is taking you!
I love looking at photos from years ago! It’s always amazing to see how much my kids have grown up and how far we’ve come. One thing I love about Facebook is Timehop and a particular memory popped up the other day where I posted “I feel so accomplished, the house is clean and the laundry is done!” I thought about that time in my life 9 years ago where I was being faithful in that season with what God had put in my hands. I had no idea what God was going to do in my life. I love the book of Ruth because I think she depicts the image of being faithful in everything she does. She is faithful in whatever place that God puts her. If it was honoring her mother in law- she did it well, if it was cleaning the fields- she did it well. She always chose to keep her heart pure while following and trusting God no matter what. Hebrews 6:12 tells us, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. This is letting us know that it’s never going to be easy! We will have to have faith and patience to get us where we want to be. We’ve all been excited for something and been filled up with joy for what’s to come. In that moment believing that you can do anything but what happens when you are having to believe God for a few weeks, months or even years? Where is your faith then? Too often we get our goals and dreams lined out but it becomes harder than what we planned for or it starts to take longer than you thought and then you look at our goals and think, is this even worth it anymore? We are all believing for bigger things in our life but if we aren’t being faithful with what we have now we won’t be ready for more. Where would you be if you stayed the course for your goals 10 years ago? You will see in Ruth that she sees the fulfillment of her promise at the end of her story because she was faithful and stayed the course through it all. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had not been faithful with cleaning my house and doing laundry in that season of life 10 years ago.
Friend, the way you do one thing is the way you do everything. What are you doing with what God has put in your hands? Let’s be faithful and patient with every area of our life! XO
Have you ever found yourself waiting around for a miracle? I love the story in John 5:3-9 when a man is waiting to be healed, he had been there for years and nothing happened and in just a moment of a God spoken word he was healed! This got me thinking about how this happens in our own lives. We live around a belief that if we do this one thing then a miracle can happen when all it takes is a word from God! You see, when we are waiting for something external to change it actually is an internal change that we need to realize. Religion will tell you that when you change the outside God will change the inside but He changes the inside for us to see it on the outside. Just like the man at the pool, Jesus didn’t just heal him he asked if he wanted to be made well. He made him change his thoughts about his circumstance before he saw the healing on the outside. A victim mentality will never lead to a victorious life. Do you find yourself giving all the reasons why it won’t or has never worked out for you? Every person has a point in there life where they currently are and where they want to be and in between those points we get full of excuses. We all know to find financial freedom means to live on a budget and be smart about spending but we don’t want to actually do it. Or maybe you know you want to live a healthier lifestyle and that means working out and making better food choices but are you actually doing that? Everybody wants things to get better but nobody wants things to change. God’s next is available for you but you have to be willing to make the change. Life isn’t happening to you, it’s happening for you. Stop telling God how big your problem is and start telling your problem how big your God is.
Friend, one word from God can change everything! The man didn’t need the bubbling up of the water, all he needed was a word from God!! Every morning is a new victory and it is available for you. Matthew 6:33 says, Seek ye first the kingdom of God. Seek Him first and your miracle is on the other side! XO