Strength For The Journey

wp-1491352382256.jpg

“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”

Isaiah 40:29-31

Can I tell you how happy I am now that Spring has finally decided to arrive. I thought that it would never get here.  The only thing though is that along with that comes allergy season.  You also don’t know how to prepare yourself with what to wear from day to day, because the weather is back and forth. I guess I would rather deal with that than snow.

So, I look at the weather every morning and try to gauge what to wear.  As simple as that may sound, it isn’t. As you know mother nature has a mind of her own and will switch up at any given moment without a notice. The only thing you can do is try to be prepared and then adjust with whatever may happen.

Don’t allow the reality of where you are now, cause you to miss out on your destiny to where you are going

Today’s word:

delay

  • postpone or defer an action
  • a period of time by which something is late or delayed
  • to put off until a later time

In life’s journey it can be very fickle and can change on you in a heartbeat. It can sometimes be very long, hard, tiring and can cause a lot of delays. What I have come to realize is that God will always give you strength for the journey. I know sometimes our strength fails us, but when we can rely on his strength we are then able to make it through.

              “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait,                    I say, on the Lord”

Psalm 27:14

Recently, my daughters and I were on our way to Los Angeles to visit my oldest daughter. This was their very 1st time flying.  Our flight was suppose to leave at 2:45 p.m. Every 30 mins we kept getting a notification that our flight had been delayed. It is a little easier when the delay is 30 mins to an hour.  But what happens when your delays turn into days, weeks or even years?  It wasn’t until 7 hours later that we were able to board the flight, which was 10:45 p.m. This meant that we would not get into L.A. until a little after 2:00 a.m., which was 5:00 a.m. our time. As frustrating, overwhelming and unbearable that was at times, somehow while I was waiting I was reassured through my faith that if my delay is designed by God then he sitll has a purpose and a plan.

Your delays don’t mean that you won’t ever get to your destination, just that it’s going to take a little bit longer than you anticipated.

I believe our biggest frustration comes in the moments when we are delayed along the journey.  That holding and waiting period when we don’t know what to do or where to go. We know that the season has passed, but yet God hasn’t given us direction on where we need to go.

The frustration, the overwhelming feeling we get from being impatient, tiredness, discomfort, etc. can sometimes come when we don’t know how to utilize the time we have while we wait. Could it be that God  is trying to get your attention because he needs your time, that he wants to speak to you or maybe there is something he is trying to do in you and through you?

I have never had to wait that long in an airport especially when weather wasn’t involved. To come and find out our delay was all because we didn’t have a flight crew. Like what, are you serious, how can you not have a flight crew?  What we may call a delay is perfect timing for God.  Is doesn’t mean it won’t happen, just not yet.  God protects the things that he loves. Later finding out the the tornado storms that happened during the week caused other flights to be delayed, cancelled or them being at the airport for almost 3 days. It caused others to work overtime, which also caused conflict with the scheduling of other flights. Someone else always has it worst off than you.  It made me be more appreciative for where I am.  Thank God for clearing the way before I got there.

Though the journey is unpredictable and sometimes the mountains are hard to climb, his GRACE is sufficient

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficients for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.                                                Most gladly therefore will I rather flory in  my infirmitis,                                                              that the power of Christ may rest upon me”

2 Corinthians 12:9

I realize that no matter what I go through in this journey that God is always there for me and that he will never lead me astray.  It is for me to trust him even when I don’t understand, when I can’t quite see or even when I don’t know exatcly what to do. In those times that I am waiting or even delayed to not allow it overwhelm me or frustrate me because I know he is yet preparing me as he is clearing the way for me to make it safely through.

So many loose out in the journey because they get lost in the destractions that are on the side of the road.  They try to do it on their own and don’t totally trust in the God in which they say they serve.

This journey requires that we trust in a God that we can’t physically see, but yet we know that he is there. Above all, that we STAY FOCUSED on his plan for our life. Turning over our control and will to allow him to lead.

SONG LIST:

“How Much We Can Bear” Hezekiah Walker

LYRICS:

If in your life you are going through

And you don’t know really what to do

Just call on Jesus, he will see you through

For he knows, Jesus he knows

How much we can bear

If there are trials that have come your way

And you are looking for a brighter day

Just call on Jesus, he will make away

For he knows,  Jesus he knows

How much we can bear

 

 

 

Advertisements

Strategic Moves

wp-1490631700839.jpg

 

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye”

Psalms 32:8

Growing up I would always watch my father and his friends play chest. They would sit there for hours at time. You could see the seriousness on their faces, as they were very careful about the moves they would make. My father would try to teach me how to play, but I just couldn’t get it. It just seemed too complicated, so I never learned how to play.

It wasn’t until a couple of months ago that I became interested while I was doing a photo shoot  that involved chest, where we had to pretend like we were playing.  So I could at least look like I knew what I was doing, I asked my opponent if he could teach me how to play. It ended up not being as hard as I thought.

If you have veered yourself off the goal, reset your eyes

Today’s Word

move

verb

  • go in a specified direction or manner; change position
  • change the place or position of
  • take action
  • make progress; develop in a particular manner or direction

The object to playing chest is to make sure you are able to get to the other side without your King being taken.  Each piece has a certain roll that they play. Depending on the moves that you make it will either advance you forward or cause your men to be captured and you loosing the game.  The goal is to get to the other side.

Negative things that we can be led by:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”

Proverbs 3:5-6 Proverbs Chapter-3

Every decision you make today will affect your tomorrow, so be wise in the decisions that you make today

In life you are going to be faced with many obstacles and challenges that will cause you to have to make some very tough choices and decisions. Depending on the choices that you make it will either advance you to the next level that God has designed for you or it will push you further behind.

When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, know his voice and follow his plan, we will not be so easily led astray.  It is important that we maintain a strong relationship with him and that we become strengthen through his word and through prayer. Continuing to go back to be restored and healed is escentual, that we may be able to hear him clearly and aren’t led away by our own emotions.

God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” and he sends his angels to surround us as a sheild of protection. So no matter what we go through or face, as long as we stay under his covering we will always be protected.

In those times when we feel like he has left us, he hasn’t. Sometimes it is that we have strayed away from the path and or his presence. The good news is that we can always get back on track.

Photo by Carr Elliot


Song List “Moving Forward” by Hezeikah Walker

 

Don’t Go Uncovered

Cover Me by 21:03

I was cleaning out the microwave it wasn’t as bad as I thought but there was still residue of food in certain areas. I always tell my children to make sure they cover their plates with a paper towel to protect their food and from food splattering all over the microwave. I almost became disgusted when I thought about when you’re reheating your food and it goes uncovered the potential of food that was left in the microwave and had been reheated numerous times fall on your food. I never thought about that until now. It’s amazing how we go from day-to-day uncovered, unprotected and put ourselves at a greater risk of not only injuring others but ourselves even more if we are already broken or wounded. We put ourselves at risk of an infection or contamination because we left ourselves open and exposed to anything. If we don’t take the time to daily clean ourselves from the inside out instead of walking around acting like everything is ok not only will we be damaged goods but then we put others at risk of being harmed. Whatever you do before going out COVER UP!
#CLEANTHISHOUSE