New Things ahead of us…
Isaiah 43: 18-19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Holding on to the past makes it difficult to embrace the future. As 2016 begins, make a promise to forgive, let go and move forward. Don’t dwell on the past. God wants to bless you and me, but if we are always looking back holding on to something that has long past, we can’t move forward into the blessings God has prepared for us. The hard part is accepting that no matter what… the past happened, circumstances occurred, people made mistakes, and things went wrong… it is inevitable and part of growing and learning in life. As a mom, friend, wife and principal there are things I could have done differently, but I can’t change those things now. All I can do is move forward and know that God forgives me and step forward. No matter the situation, He has prepared a path to for us to move forward and step into a new season. Embrace 2016… let 2015 be over… focus on the hope of new things and the future that lies ahead.
Miracles… all shapes and sizes
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’
Miracles occur everyday, but sometimes we don’t recognize them because they didn’t come the way we expected. Just like when Mary heard that she would conceive a child as a virgin…”she was troubled.” We sometimes have this same response when we get an answer to something, but it is not packaged the way we think it should be. God gives us the miracle the way he wants to because he knows more than we do about what we need and how we need it. Remember this month that Jesus is the true miracle, but God gives us miracles all the time in different shapes and sizes. Thank God for the true miracle of Christmas and for the ones he gives us daily trusting that he knows better than us:)
Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Everyday we should give thanks to the Lord, if for nothing more than our salvation. But God gives us so much more… His love is unconditional. He loves us despite knowing us… the good, the bad and the ugly.
In our busy lives we forget the little things that we have to be thankful for…taking them for granted. November is the month of thanks to really reflect on our year and all our many blessings God so graciously gives. Regardless of our circumstances, we have much to give him thanks for. Every day during your prayer time praise Him and thank Him for His love that endures forever.
I encourage you to take the 30 Day November Challenge and thank God each day for one thing he has given you this year!
… I say to you, he who believes in me…greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father”
Prayer does not equip us for greater work- prayer is the greater work…
Wherever God has placed you and whatever your circumstances, you should pray continually offering up prayers to Him.
The key to prayer is praying for God’s will, not our own. God gives us what we want if we ask with the right motive in our heart and the right motive is wanting God’s will.
No easy task to put away our self and walk in God’s will… wide is the way, but narrow is the gate. Only those entering into the gate make it. You can’t climb the wall or jump the fence. You can’t do it. Only He can do it.
Walking through the fire…
In Isaiah 43:1-2 it says…
Thus saith the Lord who created you, O Jacob and He who formed you, O Israel; Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name and you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and through the rivers they shall not overcome you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you.
When times are tough, if we belong to the Lord, nothing can over take us. No matter the circumstance, Jesus is greater than the circumstance. When we are weak, He is strong. Be encouraged and know that He is a mighty God, He has called us by name. He has formed us and until He says so nothing can prosper against us or take us down. He is a big God and He can do anything. Know it; Believe it!
In times of uncertainty Psalms 91 is a place to turn and read. Because God loves us, He will see us through. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we won’t have trials and tribulations. As a matter of fact, being a Christian most definitely means we will have trials and tribulations, James 1:2 says “when” trials come, not “if” they come. God is our refuge. A place to find comfort, protection, peace, love and even contentment during our time of need. He surely will not fail us!
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].”
Running to Win
What race are you trying win? Often times it is easy to lose focus and let our relationship with God get off track. Being competitive is awesome. It is the driving force to improvement, but how do we act when we don’t win or things don’t go exactly as planned. Let us never lose site of the true race that we run. How we react is a testimony to God’s love and grace. We are his ambassadors!
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[a] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27