God has a purpose for everything.
My daughter’s little 8-year old son prays that a cure will be found for the Corona Virus. But each time he prays he ends with words “unless you have a purpose”.
With mouth aghast when I heard it the first time, I asked him to clarify. He said maybe God wants to bring us together or something. I now know he does understand.
I pray that we too will be like him. Simply trusting God for His sole Purpose and plan.
Keep the faith. This too shall pass.
“Don’t help me”. That’s her cry each time I try to assist.
Too helpful. Is that even possible? Well my hairdresser thinks so. I often help her when she’s doing my hair. Hold my head up when she wants it down. Holding it down, turning to the side, this way or that. All going against her desire and affecting the progress she’s trying to make. So she always says, “Shell, don’t help me”.
Let Go. Let God
Isn’t it the same with our Heavenly Father? Sometimes we step in to help but do more harm than good. Often we end up in a different direction which may last anywhere from a short to a long time depending on when we learn, or get back on track.
Today, let’s let go and let God have his way in our life.
The touch. The son. The change. The effect. You can’t study the son without the change.
Saul did. He spent most of his waking hours studying how to capture and persecute believers. But you can be assured that time spent in the word; time spent studying the son, you will be affected. Your life will change. Saul did and became Paul.
Having a problem that needs to be solved? Are you sad, depressed, and can’t find the will to go on? Spend time in the word and you’re sure to find the cure, the remedy for your situation.
When all seems hopeless
My friend and her hubby deal with fatalities everyday. She shared an incident of a woman whose car was severely damaged when it crashed into a Guard rail. The woman reported that she was trying to commit Suicide. She survived.
On the other hand my friend’s hubby who is in law enforcement shared reports about a man who after investigation, authorities discovered it was attempted Suicide. He succumbed to his injuries and died.
A Pastor in his message recently shared statistics of the number of police officers who have committed suicide since 2019, in New York. An unbelievable rate of 24% as at mid-year.
Those Who Smile
I share this to ask prayers for those who SMILE or laugh out loud with us outwardly but deep down inside are hurting or depressed due to finances, job loss, relationships, or for one reason or another. Comedian Robin Williams is an example. Anthony Bourdain, celebrity author and travel documentarian is another. Not to mention the silent ones who go crazy with mass shootings of the innocent. All suicides. Sad indeed.
WebMD shared these Behavioral warning signs. Read their complete article for further details.
Excessive sadness or moodiness
Change in personality or appearance
Dangerous or self harmful behavior
If you are among the depressed, please seek help. Using wisdom, if you recognize the signs in a Friend, relative, or co-worker, don’t wait. Do something. Get the person the professional help they need. Usually they can’t think clearly.
When all seems helpless, Pray
And while you’re doing all of the above Pray. Pray, and pray even more. Prayer changes things. There’s no doubt about that.
Let’s together do what we can in our small corner. But above all, Keep the Faith.
For God has not given us a spirit of Fear but of Power, Love and a sound mind.
When the going gets rough you have to encourage yourself. You have to sing to yourself. You have to talk to yourself. You have to do whatever it takes to encourage yourself.
Excerpts of things to do extracted from the Lion of Judah’s video. Here I share:
•Tell Yourself No weapon formed against me shall prosper
•Tell Yourself I am the Head and Not the Tail
•Tell Yourself The lord is my rock, my fortress & my deliverer
•Tell Yourself Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we will remember the name of the Lord our God
•Tell Yourself We are more than conquerors through Him that loves us
• Tell Yourself I can do all things through him who strengthens me
•Tell Yourself Though He slay me yet will I trust Him
•Tell Yourself the Lord is my Light and my salvation, whom shall I fear
•Tell Yourself The lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?
•Tell Yourself Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even Then I will be confident.
•Talk to yourself
•Sing to yourself
Do whatever you have to do to Encourage yourself.
My safe place is with you Lord
My safe place is with you
When I’m with you I know all will be well
But though my human heart cries out in pain
Showering the agony and pangs of defeat
I’ll cry out to you because you are the God that brings comfort
You bring peace
You bring solace
My safe place is with you lord
My safe place is with you
All things are working for our good
We give you thanks for all you’ve done
Lord, thank you for all that is happening in our lives right now.
All things are working for our Good
And for that we thank you.
- For making us strong when weakness is all we have, we thank you.
- For Green Lights, we thank you
- For mortgage and car payments, we thank you.
For the satisfactory purpose and the immediate job and/or contract placement that you will provide, we thank you.
In all things we thank you. We thank you. We thank you. We forever thank you.
- For the bills it will pay, we thank you.
- For being able to give back to you and to help others, we thank you
- For the peace that only you can give and will continue to provide, we thank you.
- For resilience, we thank.
- For sustenance when all We want to do is to give up, we thank you
- For manipulators and the conniving schemes that they try to use to break us but we are made stronger, we thank you.
- For being our stronghold in times of trouble, we thank you.
- For tears we shed as we hold on to you, we thank you.
- For shelter, food, and clothing that you provide and we so often take for granted, we thank you
- For learning your purpose in all situations we thank you.
- For you never giving up on us we thank you
- For taking care of our family and children as only you can when we are not around physically and you’re the only one there, we thank you.
- For spiritual growth, we thank you
- For the pillow that we lay our heads on at nights, we thank you
- For not giving up on us when we falter and go astray, we thank you
- For using us to take care of the sick we thank you
- For your never ending love we thank you
My daughter’s 5-year-old son, ran into the kitchen where I was and shouted “its morning! Thank you, God, it’s finally morning!!” He was awake most of the night unable to fall back asleep after a weird dream. When he finally fell back asleep, he didn’t realize that the sun had finally come out 2 hours before. He was overjoyed!
How often our lives feel like the night will never end. Things feel gloomy, and no matter what we do, life never seems to change. But the bible teaches that joy comes in the morning. The morning will come. Let’s Take our nightly concerns to the only one who can change things.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
Jacob was Afraid to Go…but God had a plan.
I love Joseph! His brothers were mean to him. They sold him as a slave. But God had a plan. My focus was always on Joseph and how he loved and trusted the Lord. It meant everything to me throughout my life. Then a bible study that I attended opened my eyes to Jacob—Joseph’s dad; the mean guy. Jacob the deceiver. I actually disliked him most of my life. Why? He deceived his father and brother Esau in getting his birthright.
But later in life when he was old and grey, he longed for his son Joseph who he thought had died because his other sons had told him so.
Then, when the Lord finally opened the doors for Joseph, and he was in charge in Egypt, Jacob was asked to visit. But he was afraid. He didn’t want to lose his youngest son.
I never thought much about Jacob, who was a deceiver in his early life, yet was himself deceived by his father-in-law years later. He had to work 14 years to get Joseph’s mom, Rachel. No wonder he loved Joseph so much.
The point is, Jacob was afraid to go to Egypt because he could not see the future. Yet, God had a plan! When he finally gave in and went, he not only received back his youngest son, Benjamin; he also received back to life, his other son Joseph! Oh, how the Lord works if we only trust Him!
I walked away from that study thinking of how scared I am at times because I cannot see what’s around the corner. I can’t see what lies ahead. But through Jacob’s experience, my mind has been rekindled to trust the Lord who holds the future.
When you can’t see, obey and trust Him. He will work it out. Find out more about GreenLight: When God Says Go
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46:11)
Where is God’s private time with you?Amidst the hustle and bustle of life where is His time with you?
Question to ponder.