When we reach a destination/goal in life, the story does not end there…next is going through what comes after. Even death does not end our story…we either live the rest of our spiritual days in heaven or hell. Therefore, life is a continuous journey with many destinations. I am really looking forward to my future destinations (i.e., the plans God has for me)…thinking about it gets me excited 🙂
This is the final part of the Growth series. Falling in love with God is a journey in a journey. I remember when I was building my relationship with God, I asked Him for one thing, that every day would feel like a new day with Him (basically a never-ending honeymoon period). He did not disappoint me. By learning to love Him, daily, I learned to love myself and His children (we are all made by God). It wasn’t easy but he gently guided me through it. In this love and my love for self and others, there is no room for rejection or disappointment…there are no conditions (no invisible or visible strings). His love is the only one that is real and perfect. Thank you God for teaching me how to love properly and for keeping your promise to me everyday of my life and beyond.
The scripture reminds us that we fight not against flesh and blood but spirits…even when a human being is standing before you with evil intent. So the thought came to me…why should I fear evil spirits and their ruler, satan, when they also fear a higher power. I should then fear this higher power, which is GOD. So, God is the one I do not want to go against and to whom I will submit, ALWAYS.
I will not fear the devil but fear THE ONE the devil fears.
I am sure I am not the only one who will think this way. As Kingdom Citizens, children of the Most High God, and believers in Christ Jesus, we will all come to this conclusion, eventually.
Psalms 68:5 NKJV
“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His Holy habitation.”
My God is a father to my dad, who is fatherless and a widow. Thank you Daddy for taking such good care of my dad, Your child, all through his life and beyond. Daddy, You have shown You are the best parent to have as a child of heaven. You are our breadwinner; our provider and protector. You stand guard over us both day and night without fail. Nothing can be done to us, Your children, without Your permission. Your love for us is unconditional and Your discipline is always in our best interest. Happy Father’s Day, DADDY…You are a GOOD GOOD FATHER!!!
Psalms 121 NKJV
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
No matter my past, current, or future circumstances, I know one thing…that my help comes from the LORD!!! He is my forever keeper, protector, provider, strength, comfort, love. AMEN!!!!
Daniel 3:17 NKJV
“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
The tunnel is the place I have been for more than a year; naked, cold, and separated from others. It’s a place where I learned to trust God more and more. He provided for all my needs and kept me from harm.
The tunnel was a place I could not avoid, no matter how much I may have wanted to do so. At this time, I was reminded of Jonah. Just like the fiery furnace and the lion’s den, the tunnel is not here to harm me but to prepare me for a better place. At the end of the tunnel, like Job, whatever was lost will be replaced tenfold. So, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF YOUR TUNNEL!
I am now walking up the steps to get out of the tunnel…HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!
For many years (while away studying), my mother would say this to me at the end of our conversations…
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV
I was always comforted by these words of blessings. I hope my siblings and I will be able to continue this tradition. From God, Himself, and Biblical characters (such as Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) we can see there is power in the blessing from a parent.