You Got This!

How many times have you wanted to give up? Say ‘Forget It’. We’ve all been there. Some of us are there now. We want to give up and stop the race now. But don’t do it. Keep pushing, keep fighting, keep pressing forward. You are a soldier, you can do this.

God has given you a gift, a vision of something that He has called you to share with the world. This vision was given to you because God knows you can handle it. You may not think you can, but that’s thinking naturally. Think supernatural.

Your vision is there, you can see it. God has shown you the outcome. Do you trust God to guide you through this process? He has the plan all mapped out just follow His lead.

Strength and faith are with you. You got this. Your dreams are becoming your reality!!

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Strength, Courage and Faith

The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.” (NIV) ( Judges 7:7 )

Why would God lead Gideon into battle with an army of only 300 men against an army of 135,000 Midianites? Gideon placed his trust in the Lord even against overwhelming odds. When you feel that the odds are against your favor and the Lord is leading you into battle, remember Gideon. He went on to victory because he dutifully followed the Lord. When you feel the odds are stacked against you, could God be using you to demonstrate His strength?

This was the devotional I just read and it is so timely. It speaks to where I am right now, in the middle of a battle. I don’t know what the outcome is going to be or how things will change but I am trusting God to do His will. I’ve been at this point in my life before and I’ve pressed through it, I just have to keep going.

How many times does God give us a lesson that we don’t learn? We are quick to say we want to trust God but we in turn want a microwave response. Hold out and be patient. This test will bring out another testimony, I know it will. I have my work cut out for me but I know with God’s guidance I will be okay.

What about you? Are you in the middle of a battle and you feel you don’t have enough armor to fight? God has given you all you need, just use your resources.

INTRODUCTION: Planting Your Garden For a Fruitful Harvest

I love the You Version Bible app on my phone. I use it all the time. I read the devotionals and reading plans for inspiration, clarity and wisdom. I am starting a new reading plan called Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40-day Journey. During the next 40 days I will post the scripture context and my thoughts. This devotional uses the garden as a metaphor to growing in Christ. You can join me if you want and post your thoughts in the comment section.

 

The imperishable seed – the word of God! (1 Peter 1:23, Luke 8:11). Several years ago archaeologists found a wheat seed in a pyramid. The seed was thousands of years old dated to around 2500 BC. When planted in fertile soil, the 4500-year-old wheat seed sprouted and grew! “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever.’ And this is the word which was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:23-25).

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul tries to help believers comprehend the incomprehensible inheritance they have been given when they were adopted into the family of God! We all have been given so much more than we know what to do with, and unfortunately much of what we have remains locked up in towering silos because we don’t understand what it means to be “in Him.” Until we access our abundant inheritance by faith, it will lie there dormant and asleep, producing no life and no fruit.

Let’s raid those silos, take those seeds, plant them in fertile soil and reap an extravagant eternal harvest! We must ask God to plant His word into our hearts, and then live it out by faith. The Bible declares that faith is a gift, obtained “through hearing and hearing through the word of God!” (Romans 10:17). We must put ourselves in the position to “hear” God’s word by spending time in God’s word, studying His word, and meditating on it. Upon hearing the word by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must apprehend that word by choosing to believe it and live according to it in the power of the Holy Spirit. When we do, we are planting seeds of righteousness in our hearts that will bring forth a harvest of righteousness.

My Thoughts:

Spending time reading the Word or even listening to it really helps me get through the day. Sometimes I can do it first thing in the morning and other times I have to wait until the evening or when I get 30 minutes to just sit still. But either way I find time to focus on Him. If I can find time to work on my business, cook, clean, help others then  can most certainly find time to spend with Jesus. He has been a blessing to my life. So much has happened over the last few months that I just don’t know where I would be without Him. He provides us with all of our needs and in return He just wants us to be faithful to Him. I am grateful for the blessings that he has bestowed upon me, thankful for the gifts he has given me. There are times when the gifts can be overwhelming, times when I question Him about what He wants me to do but I have to remember that my faith is in Him and He is guiding my path.

Each day is a new day to walk in my purpose, to tell someone else about His goodness. Have you told someone about Jesus today?

My thoughts tonight …. praying for healing!

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This is just how I feel. All I can do is pray and trust God to heal my mother. She’s been through so much, the pain makes it hard for her to get around. She was supposed to be here last month, but her symptoms were so bad the doctors won’t let her travel. We’ve made plans to spend Thanksgiving together. Praying she is healthy enough to travel. I’m trying really hard to be strong for my sister and my stepfather. But there are days and nights like this where all I can do is cry. The Bible says to ‘Ask and yea shall receive’ well I’m asking that the Lord heal my mother. Watching her go through this pain hurts me. But she’s so strong and she fights it every day. She inspires me.

I almost let myself get in my own way!

I’ve been dealing with a lot lately. My mom’s Lupus has been acting up and she is always sick. My sister is working full-time, in school full-time and taking care of her son. I’m working on building my business, going to school and trying to keep my head above water. Well I almost told myself that all this hard work was not worth the hurt, the rejection and the loneliness of wanting to fulfill my dreams. I think I have always wanted to be my own boss. I can be around people all time or I can hide myself in a corner and just be alone. Either way, I’m happy. I am where I am supposed to be. God is working in me and I am grateful. It took a HUGE leap of faith to start this journey and my faith is what’s keeping me here, but I almost let myself in get in my own way.

Being frustrated about the process of building my business, not being considered for writing gigs, being passed over on assignments get your spirit down. I got tired of being knocked down and was ready to give in to what everyone else was already saying that I wouldn’t make it and I am wasting my time. I am living out my purpose, every day is tough because I don’t know what’s going to happen, where my income is going to come from and it becomes overwhelming. People telling me that I need to give up and stick to a 9-5 job and just be happy with job security. Well a 9-5 is always job security, I know I’ve been laid off twice. Through out the whole day I just kept hearing God say ‘Be still, I am with you.’ DeWayne Woods ‘Let Go, Let God’ happened to be playing on the radio at the same time and I just lost it. Face full of tears, crying out for God to guide me, comfort me and protect me as I walk this journey. I am so scared because I can see the vision God has given me but I know that I can’t tell everyone because someone will make it their priority to discourage me. I keep a lot of things to myself  because I have experienced hurt when people that you trust so much don’t believe in you. I’m standing tall and I will get through this.

God is doing some amazing things in my life right now. I have been blessed beyond measure. My food blog Southern Root Kitchen is doing well and growing everyday. Next month I will be headed to DC for the Metro Cooking Expo Show. I’ll get to interview people about their businesses, check out demos from Food Network shows and even do some taste testing. I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity. I almost ruined my chances of progressing due to fear. I almost put myself and my weakness first and left God out of the equation. No more of that. I am here because God says I should be.