Lord Jesus, Your will be done in all areas of my life. I am confident in saying this because You are able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL that i ask or think or imagine :)
“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, NLT)
Everyone goes through things that don’t seem to make sense. It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder, “Why did this happen to me?” “Why did this person treat me wrong?” “Why did I get laid off?” But we have to understand, even though life is not always fair, God is fair. And, He promises to work all things together for good for those who love Him.
I believe the key word is this verse is “together.” In other words, you can’t just isolate one part of your life and say, “Well, this is not good.” “It’s not good that I got laid off.” “It’s not good that my relationship didn’t work out.” Yes, that’s true, but that’s just one part of your life. God can see the big picture. That disappointment is not the end. Remember, when one door closes, God has another door for you to walk through — a better door. Those difficulties and challenges are merely stepping stones toward your brighter future. Be encouraged today because God has a plan for you to rise higher. He has a plan for you to come out stronger. He has a plan to work all things together for your good so that you can move forward in the victory He has prepared for you!
There’s so much more to life than making the right decisions.
As Christians our decisions are based on how God speaks to us and how He directs our very footsteps in order to lead us to His good and perfect will for lives. But if we are honest there’s so much more to God than any of us can see or understand and a lot of times making those decisions aren’t easy especially if your options are both ‘good’. But at the end of the day, our goal is not necessarily to make the ‘right’ choices, rather making choices that aligns His good and perfect will.
Recently over the past few days I’ve been struggling with hurt, loneliness and disappointments. The things that took place in my life 7 months ago was a mixture of good and pleasing things. But on the other side there were times of struggle. Honestly, there are no words to describe or express what and how I’m feeling right now. It’s like sleeping and enjoying a good dream and ended up waking up because the good dream turned into a bad dream.
Sometimes God leads us to embark on a journey without knowing if we are even going to make it to the end. Sometimes in those journeys He is teaching us something in order to grow our character as a Christian. Along those journeys is making some hard decisions that aren’t necessarily ‘good’ and it can really sadden us or even break our hearts, but rather He leads us into making those choices because it’s for our best after all He is working “all things for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.”
And as I was processing these things, God brought me back to this passage in Isaiah:
18 “Forget the things that happened in the past.
Do not keep on thinking about them.
19 I am about to do something new.
It is beginning to happen even now.
Don’t you see it coming?
I am going to make a way for you to go through the desert.
I will make streams of water in the dry and empty land. - Isaiah 43:18-19
The after effects of our past situations whether good or bad can really make an impact as to how we approach our future. If it was a bad situation, we can either learn, grow, move on and never make the same mistakes, or allow ourselves to wallow up in sadness and bitterness and just repeat the same cycle over and over again. If it was a good situation we can just continue and keep growing and as we do that inspire and encourage others to do the same thing.
If there’s one thing that I learned over these past 7months it’s this one truth: ABIDE IN CHRIST.
We will all face moments of difficulties, trials, struggles, doubts and uncertainties and in the midst of all these things, if we continue to Abide in Christ and in His word, we will find ourselves secure in our Savior’s heart. Never regret the things you’ve gone through because God allowed them to take place in your life. It just means that He is teaching you something that you will need in the future whether it’s a relationship aspect, ministry, etc.
At the end of the day whether your relationship with your significant other ended, or lost your job, or flunk a test, or made a stupid decision that led you to where you are now, remember that after those things take place they are considered part of your ‘past’ and God promises to immediately restore you and do something new.
You may even think at that time that your situation is impossible to fix and it may seem to appear that there’s a no way out, but God again promises to make a way for you even in that lonely, dry and deserted season. He is able and all powerful and will bring you to where He wants you to be all for the purpose of His glory.
As Christians, There’s so much more to life than making the right decisions. It’s about Abiding in Christ daily and allowing Him to be the center of our lives and allowing Him to influence our every decisions. So that we are not stepping outside His will rather we are always secure and aligned in His pleasing and perfect will for us.
There’s always a sweet beginning for every bitter ending.
Grace and Love in Christ,
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, “There is none righteous, no, not one;”
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Hey Guys and Gals,
I turn 21 in July 30th. And I’ve been thinking about what I should do for my ’21st Birthday’. I’ve been praying a lot about what I should do, and how should I celebrate my ‘BIG DAY’. God answered my prayer through my friend Annie Carbonaro. She is an awesome woman of God, so young and so onfire for the Lord. She’s currently our church’s full time missionary and she’s in Ukraine right now running an Orphanage along with her team. I met with her few months back and told me what God is doing in her life and the ministry that God has put her in. Instantly, my heart was drawn to her story and to all the different testimonies of what God’s doing in Ukraine.
As some of you might know, missionaries need support, specifically in the area of finance. So then I thought, how about I raise $2,100 (or maybe even more) and give it to the orphanage instead of spending money to myself. How about I bless tons of kids and meet their needs instead of my needs.
A little bit about OPEN ARMS UKRAINE, it’s non-profit working with the lost and broken orphan children in Ukraine. The Orphanage houses about 100 children from the ages of 6 to 18. These fatherless children are desperately seeking hope in a depressed country within a suffocating system. Only 10% of orphans will successfully transition to adult life. The other 90% will do their best to try to survive with 60% of girls turning to prostitution and 70% of boys turning to a life of crime.
Open Arms Ukraine desires to change these statistics by working with orphans starting at the orphanage and walking alongside them in the years following the orphanage as they make the difficult transition into society. Through programs and individual relationships we seek to build trust, guide, and share the love of Christ in tangible ways with these forgotten children. Teaching them life and job skills that they can use as they slowly transition into society and to continuously instill Christ-Centered values so that they can be a light to wherever place they go.
I don’t know about you. But I feel so blessed living in America that I forgot there are guys and girls out there, my age who don’t have anything except the orphanage that their living. God has definitely put a burden in my heart to help these kids and to partner with this ministry. So for my birthday, if you wanna bless me and give me a gift for my 21st birthday, there’s 2 things you can do:
- Click the link below and send your donations in. Any amount would help really!
- RE-BLOG THIS POST AND PRAY FOR ME :)
And last thing before I forget, I have a VIDEO that I’m gonna put up soon about this whole birthday/ministry. If you have any questions, shoot me a message. Thanks for reading! love you all.
Four-year-old comic book fan Anthony Smith is deaf in his right ear and has hearing damage in his left. He also refused to wear his hearing aid (which he calls “Blue Ear” because it is blue), because “superheroes don’t wear hearing aids.” So in a long-shot attempt to help her son, Anthony’s mom emailed Marvel for ideas.
“She didn’t know a specific person to write to here at Marvel, and even figured it might get caught in our spam filters, but she sent it in anyway, because that’s the kind of great parent Christina is,” said Marvel editor Bill Rosemann. “And it was her inspiring effort to help her son that touched so many of us here. As a fellow parent of a toddler, I can understand where she’s coming from, so I forwarded the email around the rest of Editorial, asking what we could do to help, and like when Cap yells, ‘Avengers Assemble,’ the gang leapt into action.”
Not only did Anthony receive an image of the superheroHawkeye,who lost 80 percent of his hearing back in the ’80s and wore hearing aids — Anthony also received a drawing, by Nelson Ribeiro in Collected Editions, of a brand-new superhero: “Blue Ear.”
Now, with his hearing aid back in, Anthony is able to “fight battles and help people.” His preschool, for hearing-impaired kids, recently hosted a superhero week to inspire the students to overcome their limitations.
DON’T miss the video. It’s the best thing you’ll see all day.
Gotta hand it to Marvel, you guys did good. So awesome!
This is awesome.