Growth – Praise (Pt. 1)

Praise is the most powerful and amazing gift God has given His children. Today, I have praise in my heart as I celebrate Mother’s day. If you recall, I have previously stated that my mom died last year. Last year’s Mother’s day was bittersweet as her death was recent and I missed her but I was also happy that she fulfilled her purpose on earth and was now at peace and rest. This year it’s just sweet; I am happy that I was her daughter and I am so happy she was God’s daughter. She is with me always and she knows that my days will be good because I am also God’s daughter.  As she feared God, her children and future generations will always be blessed. Thank you Mom for teaching us how to live fearing God, it was the best legacy you could have left for us to inherit.

Proverbs 31:30 NKJV

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Growth – Ocean Deep

After my mom died a year ago, I have felt as if I was drowning in an ocean of unknown.  I did not know the next steps to take after completing one journey.  The journey of unknown was paved with pain, anxiety, self-doubt, grief, loneliness, and struggle (esp. financially).  Nevertheless, I had a very good friend that accompanied me along this journey; the Holy Spirit.  Even though I went back to the beginning where I had nothing, He comforted me and told me to REST.  He provided for me daily in every way.  I have also learned to float by relaxing my body despite the being in the ocean.  Consequently, I am at peace with the way things are because I know it is part of God’s plan for me.  He is setting a foundation that will never be moved as the appointed time for me to be called into the office from the waiting room draws near.  When He calls my name, I will no longer float on the surface of the ocean BUT I will be walking on water with my eyes focused solely on Him.  At that time He will be taking me from glory to glory.

When you have the time, take a listen to Hillsong’s Ocean (Where Feet May Fail).  You can find it on YouTube or Spotify.

Growth – Scars

Scars are developed from wounds that have been self-inflicted or inflicted by others.  These wounds can be either open or closed.  It is said that a  head closed-wound is more serious or fatal than a head open-wound (where bleeding is visible). Harsh or hurtful words inflicted on self or others are like a closed wound.  When these words leave your mouth and enter the ear of someone else, the wound becomes invisible.  Due to this invisibility we may not even be aware that we are wounded until we are diagnosed with an illness or a mental disorder.  No matter your status in life or your identity, we are all vulnerable to be victims of the weapon of words.  I am now learning to guard myself against this weapon by focusing on God’s loving words where He says my identity is found in Him. I thank Him for healing the old wounds, once I came to be aware of them.  I also thank Him for forgiving me when I have wounded others.  Every day, let us be cognizant of our words, making sure they provide love and healing and not pain and suffering.

Growth – Friends

As we meet people along our journey to our final destination they can fall into various categories: acquaintance; seasonal friendship; and spiritual friendship.  When a person is an acquaintance the friendship is non-existent.  Seasonal friendships are short-term, while spiritual friendships are long-term.  I am grateful for all friendships as they always meet my needs.  Sometimes God allow some seasonal friends to be there for you in every season of your life.  These friends then become like family members to you; your brother or sister.  I do have a few of those precious friends.  Then my spiritual friends are the ones ordained by God (spiritual bond lasting a lifetime).  No matter what difficulties we go through, we do it together, even if we are separated by location (we also share victories).  Throughout my life it has been difficult to maintain friendships, so I have learned to trust God’s leading when it comes to my friends.  As a result, I am able to hold on to and let go of some friends.  Just remember that each person you meet and each friendship is a precious gift from God.

Proverbs 17:17 NKJV “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”

 

Growth – Expectations (Pt.3)

My expectations of others and others of me.  I am sure most of us have experienced the sadness of others not meeting our expectations; hence, we come to believe not to expect much from others.  I used to be like that; I would not expect anything from someone because I did not want to be disappointed.  I also hated the feeling of disappointing others.  However, things have changed since I came to realize that nothing is in our control.  If others do not meet my expectations and if I do not meet the expectation of others, there is a reason.  If I believe that God is in control of everything then I will not experience disappointment or guilt.  I won’t blame you and I am not to be blamed.  This may seem that I am disregarding our sense of responsibility but there is something out there that is bigger than you and me.  This also does not mean I will stop expecting the best of others and not wanting others to expect the best of me BUT this expectation will rest within the boundaries of the GOD I serve, who rules the heaven and earth.

Growth – Expectation (Pt.2)

My expectation of God.  My expectation of God rest on the premise of one simple truth; God is able to do the impossible/unimaginable/unthinkable.  This is the only truth for me.  Hence, I expect God to:

  • keep His promises to me (daily reminder: His word will not return to Him void)
  • keep me from harm (daily reminder: no weapon formed against me shall prosper)
  • provide for me always (daily reminder: He is Jehovah Jireh)

Conclusion, He is El Shaddai.

Growth – Expectation (Pt.1)

God’s expectation of me.  God’s expectation of me is quite simple; He wants me to follow His commandments and to have a truthful relationship with Him.  He doesn’t ask for much, does He?  Although He gave such a HUGE sacrifice for me through His son, Jesus, He only wants me to be obedient, trust Him, and have faith in Him.  I must confess that this has not been easy to do at all times.  I can get caught up in believing what I see than the unseen.  The good thing is, God gives me the opportunity to make right my wrongs, if I choose to do so.  I have continuously chosen to repent because I want to live up to His expectation of me.  Through all those mistakes made, I have come to know that: what is unseen has more credibility than what is seen; obedience is [far] better than disobedience; and trust and faith are better currencies than currencies from any country in this world.  I pray that each day I will meet God’s expectation of me. Amen.