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I don’t have any direction.
I don’t have any knowledge.
What I have is my hope and trust in Jesus Christ and that is enough to carry me up and over the doubt and depression of the past.
My circumstances haven’t changed only how I look and react to those circumstances have changed.

Trust in Jesus, the name above all names! Your hope will not be disappointed.

Then you will know that I am the Lord;
those who hope in me will not be disappointed.  Isaiah 49:23

Where I’m going…I don’t know.  All I know is God, His son Jesus my savior, His Holy Spirit, and God’s word.

Do I understand everything…no.

Do I believe everything out of the word of God…yes.

Do I mess up sometimes…definitely more than I’d like too.

God knows what’s best for me so I put my trust in Him.  I’ve tried making my life my own and all I do is set unrealistic expectations based off my own power and I have only failed. This causes frustration, depression, and hopelessness. God not only sets my focus back on track but sets my focus on Him. Only when my focus is on Him and only when my complete trust is in His abilities do I find pure joy.

I only have one life to live and I’ve lived so much of it in vain. Unhappy and terrible times were part of the everyday. Now, my life is not lived in vain but full of hope that someone, who is smarter than I, knows me better than I know myself, loved me at my worst and has never and will never give up on me. That someone is Jesus Christ.

Always moving forward striving never to look back!

Selfishness leads to despair.

Problem: Always thinking about what your life could be, what you think it should be, or what you so desperately hope it will be, instead of thinking about the goodness that’s in your life today because of the mercy and favor of God.

Solution: Once you stop thinking about only your wants and only your needs and start thinking about how the Lord wants you to live your life according to His Word, selfishness seems to disappear. And when the thoughts of selfishness once again reappear and you start to become discouraged and you start to despair, recycle your thoughts back to God and he will once again restore your joy.

The American Creed

by William Tyler Page

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

–Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

Attention all Americans! It time we get our heads of out of the sand and start paying attention to the things going on in Our country today. You say this country is the essence of freedom? Do you want to remain free? Free to speak up about anything (including the decisions of the government), free to protect yourselves from enemies foreign and domestic, free to choose and practice your religion without being given a checklist on what u can and cannot standup for within your religion? These freedoms are being taking away a little at a time and some are applauding while others see the terrible road this country is heading down. Want the right “change”? Then its time to get back to the basics this country was founded on: real truth, real justice, and the real ways and standards of God.  I am a believer in Jesus Christ who loves this country, and I’ve said my piece.

Declaration

Posted: December 31, 2012 in General, Thoughts
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Your love keeps me sane.

Your love is my sanity, my rock, my unwavering iron mountain;

without it, I’d be lost in my own fears and emotions.

 

You are my lifeboat.

When I am drowning in my own imagination, you save me when I call out your name.

When it feels like the people around me abandon me, you never have and never will.

 

I cry out to you, and sometimes I feel like your not listening…you are listening, waiting, watching

I’m crying, wondering, learning.

 

Your love is always there,

God your love is always there,

Jesus my savior is always there,

Your always here.

 

17. Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;

18. For it will be pleasant if you keep them {my words} in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them.

19. So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.

AMP Proverbs 22:17-19

Its amazing to me how the enemy can take our genuine dependency on the Lord and twist it all up. I started out reading a chapter in proverbs for 7 days at a time. I wanted to become wise in God’s way because I knew my way wasn’t ever going to work in the long run. Gradually I started becoming anxious about regaining the information from the bible and using it in my daily life. Not even realizing this was taking place in my mind, I started being scared of making the smallest of decisions without extensive prayer. You would think that’s the way to go, right?

Here’s the reality: Stuck in fear.  Not trusting as I should.  The enemy took the Word of God and weaved it into a massive string of lies with the goal to make me this, once again, fearful and extremely anxious little girl. To destroy my faith and myself.

I was not enjoying the life and freedom found in Christ. And experiencing this has me realize just how smart the enemy is, and how faithful God is to open my eyes and show me the lies at the right time. If He had shown me any later, how deep into the pit would I have gone? If He had showed me any earlier, would I have truly learned anything?

The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you! Trust in that and be it a test, trial, or an attack, our Father will take those times and turn them around for our good and when we lean and trust in God, our hope will not be disappointed.

I’m still in the same place; I don’t know a lot of things but here’s where it gets clear…I’m not anxious, not afraid, today is enough for me.  Jesus my saviour, will carry me and guide me in His own way and own time, and He will not let me fall!

I am not so special that God would show me this alone. What’s for me is also for you. Trust, lean, and rely on God and you too may come into times like these, because there are things to learn and the devil just doesn’t like you, but the Lord will be with you always and not allow you to fall.

Another page in the book of faith has turned. Are you ready?

I’m sure everyone, at one time or another, has had moments in their lives when their dreams seem to be especially far away. We do everything we know to do and it seems like nothing is wielding any results. We are learning humility while fighting off despair at the same time.

I am writing this because I am in that place now, but there is one difference…God. When I used to find myself in this place of darkness I would get depressed, close myself in a dark room and cry painful tears.

Now, when I feel this despair on my shoulders I shake it off with faith. I’ve made a decision! God has a plan for me because it says that several times in His Word [Jeremiah 29:11, Prov. 16:9, Eph. 1:11].  So my decision is to believe that with all my heart and watch His plan for me unfold in ways that I never thought were possible!

My dream may not be realized today, nor today do I see encouragement of this happening. But what of tomorrow? Tomorrow is only known when it becomes today. So today I will praise the Lord for the encouragement that may come tomorrow. You may be in the same place as me, but let me encourage you and myself! What you see or don’t see today may not be what you see tomorrow.

So lets keep our thoughts high! Don’t know where to start? That’s ok, we’ll learn! Don’t know where to start learning? That’s ok, a way will be made clear in the right time!

As much as you may need to read this; I needed to write this.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  Hebrews 3:13

So when the going gets tough….the tough gets FAITH!!!!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

YAY!!

 God guides your steps, but there is a catch; you have to LET Him.

Imagine your lost in a foreign land. Scared and alone, wishing you were in a comfortable, safe place; wishing you were home. You try to find some landmark, some turn of the road, any hope at all that would lead you in the way you should go. But you stand there and in every direction there is, nothing.

Many times in life I find myself in that very place. I feel like I’m floating not able to propel myself in any direction. Not because there is lack of strength but because there is no guide. I’m lost in a foreign land not knowing which way to go.

Your longing to start your own business but you have absolutely no clue. You want to grow your personal relationships but your walls are too high. You don’t want to be where you are in life but you lack the self-confidence to move a different direction by yourself.  All these things are examples of where the guidance, given from God, is desired, needed, and available.

I think one common misconception about God is He is supposed to be THE magic genie. Safely contained only when we desire to rub the lamp and make him appear.  God’s love is unconditional. However, His guidance, assistance, and support are given to those that seek Him to find it. In most cases seeking Him to guide you is the easy part; its trusting Him completely no matter what your circumstances are, is where it can get uncomfortable.

*A note from me…starting to trust God completely was one of the hardest lessons to learn. But once you get to a point in where you know that the Lord will come thru in any situation…and you know that any way that He choses to direct your path, in that situation, is going to be the absolute best way in the end… I’m telling you from experience that there is no greater freedom than that!

The following scriptures are different ways that the Lord is ready to guide you…if you let Him.  Guidance from God; Initiated by You.

For everything that was written [in the scriptures] in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope [waiting patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled].  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Romans 15:4-6

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.  Proverbs 16:3

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]  1 Peter 3:11

A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.  Proverbs 16:9 {see also Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 20:24, and Jeremiah 10:23}

Daily Insight

Posted: August 20, 2012 in Quotes, Thoughts
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Me: God, should I do [fill in the blank]?

God: No

Me:  Ok well, I know if I do it anyway it will turn out okay so I’m gonna try and see what happens. You only live once, right?

10 years later…

Me:  God, should I do [fill in the blank]?

God: No

Me: Okie dokie; You know, see, and understand more than I do. “No” works for me!