I love this quote from our First Lady on her facebook page recently!! It’s great instruction, and my inspiration for creating this image quote for today’s post. Tired of being bound due to infractions of others against you? Me too! Go and be free. Today and always!!
For our little one. We never got to meet you face to face, but we will forever hold you in our hearts! ❤
Some days, like today, I think enough is enough and for once I am going to finally announce, “I choose ME!”. In fact, I honestly even thought about posting that quote on social media in my frustration as well. I CHOOSE ME!!! Lol. Have you ever been there too, just over it ALL, in your relationship? However, isn’t it great, how our God meets us where we are and simply and lovingly speaks if we will just listen in the midst of it all. This is one of those times for me. Check out this post below from another blogger, and I hope it encourages you in your marriage too!!
Our culture says to “follow your heart” and “you deserve to be happy” so if you aren’t feeling that way in marriage, culture says to move on with your life. Marriage is hard, but marriage was meant to be worth the fight.
A profession is an act of openly declaring or publicly claiming a belief, faith, or opinion. Another definition in the dictionary states that it is a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.
Psalm 31:1 declares “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.” Are you able to make that same profession on today that in God only you will place your trust? People turn against you, love you and leave you, but God is always right there. Situations and circumstances change, one moment your up and the next you are down, but God has everything that you need in the palm of his hand. Psalms 31:1-8 is an expression of confidence in God that he can keep us and protect us no matter what we might face from day to day, for God is “our rock and our fortress”.
Read Matthew 14:29-31 and you will see Peter stepping out of the boat and walking on the water, yet he lost focus and faith and began to seek. We are all just like Peter at times, but what are some causes of the doubt and lost of faith that we might face on this journey? Here are just a few: looking at our situation/problem instead of to God, length of our trial, length of time since a promise was given to us, type of trial, severity of trial, cares of life, family, friends, self, and failure to submit to God’s will and plan for our life. We must avoid losing focus, at all costs, for the bible declares “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?” Matthew 16:26. How hard it is for us to do like Jesus in the Garden of Getsemene to submit to God’s will, and say “not my will but thine”, but all is not lost.
We are yet able to regain our trust and faith in God by taking some of the following steps: repent of our sins, refocus on God, rededicate our life, revive those spiritual things that were starting to die, resist the enemy, resume our walk, and rejoice in our Lord and Savior’s faithfulness and mercy. We can improve our church attendance. The bible declares “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” Romans 10:17. We can pray, fast, read our bibles, and sing songs of praise unto God to build up ourselves. We can work (be about our Father’s business), go help others, serve in the church, and give of our time and self. We can remember what God has already done for us. We can confess God’s Word over our life. If we are going through a dry season we can remember Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread”. If we are dealing with sickness and disease we can declare Isaiah 53:5 “By his stripes we are healed”. When our children are disobedient or unruly we can proclaim Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go:and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” No matter what our situation or circumstance we can know God is able to help us and deliver us if we just trust in Him, and we can meditate on Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Finally, we can regain our trust and faith with thanksgiving for what God has already done in our lives, and prasing and worshiping God for who He is.
We will come out on the other side by holding on to the promise inspite of others doubting and naysaying. We must step out inspite of the giants we face, and sometimes step out of our comfort zone to avoid missing out on opportunities and provisions that God has already prepared for us. We must take one day at a time, and remain faithful as we work with a spirit of excellence on our jobs, in our church, and in our homes. We must maintain our integrity, and deny self and others who might turn us from God’s ways. We might have to lose some things that we think are important, so that we can gain a greater blessing. If we hold on to our trust and faith in God our deliverance will come, and when it does we must give a report and share our testimony with others and most importantly we must give thanks for God’s faithfulness. If we just believe, inspite of feeling forgotten or betrayed, we will be elevated in the end. Yes our victory will come just as God said it would. Keep the faith!
God Speaks to you and me. How can we know His voice? His voice has specific characteristics that we can learn to recognize and know we are hearing from Him. God asks us questions. He asks them to get us to think and learn His ways. Here are 6 ways to develop our ability to hear the Father.