I love the new year. It’s a time of a clean slate. It’s a time to leave behind the baggage of the previous year and walk into the new blessings of this year.
As much as we try to plan our lives, we must depend upon God. We must trust in him to fulfill our needs, carry us through our trials and shield us from our enemies.
But a lot of the times, we try to figure God out. However, we can NEVER figure Him out. He is the Almighty God. We will never be able to wrap our mind around his grace and mercy. We can never figure out exactly what His next move will be. So instead of carrying baggage like worry, doubt, etc into 2015, focus on Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
When we seek Him, He will reveal to us where we must go. Now trusting in the Lord doesn’t mean God will give you an immediate answer. Sometimes God might give you the answer next week, next month or six months from now. However, don’t let the delayed answer waiver you from trusting in God. Still trust that He will work everything out and will guide your life.
Be determined in 2015 to trust God. Don’t be so fast to take matters into your own hands or give up because you might be missing out of an incredible blessing He has prepared just for you.
Happy New Year, everyone! I took a few months of hiatus in 2014 to focus upon myself, but this year I’m more determined than ever to live the abundant life God has for me. Thank you for reading. New posts … Continue reading →
“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praises shall continually be in my mouth.” ~ Psalm 34:1
It’s easy to praise God when things are going well in our lives. When something good happens to us, we usually say “Thank God”. But what about when things are going bad in our lives; when our situation has gone from bad to worse? What if you get a report from the doctor that wasn’t what you expected or what if you lost your job and don’t know if you’re able to pay the mortgage?
Whether we get a promotion on a job or a demotion, God did not change. He didn’t change when our situation was good and He didn’t change when our situation was bad. He’s still God and He’s still good. That’s why the Psalm tells us the bless the Lord at all times. When things are going bad and when things are going good.
God continually deserves the praise because of who He is and everything He is. Continually means regularly or repeatedly. That mean every day, every hour, every minute and even every second we should bless the Lord. Of course we can’t physically praise 24/7 (even though we wish we could), but we can’t stop praising Him because of how we feel. It doesn’t matter about how we feel, the Lord deserves to be praised because He’s worthy to be praised. In addition, praise can change you internally. You cannot complain when you are praising and worshipping the King of kings.
So, when you’re tempted to get discouraged, don’t be. Just start praising the Lord and eventually in due season, God will turn your situation around.
Depression is a sad reality that happens. Over the past year I’ve been going through a depressive stage in which I felt worthless and hopeless. I would be encouraged for a while, but quickly fall back into a depression. I didn’t want to read my bible or talk to God. Suicidal thoughts began to flow over my mind and I wanted God to end my life and take away my current pain because I didn’t see a way out of my darkness. The cloud of depression overtook my perception and the enemy had me where he wanted me. However, God never allowed me to fall too far away from him.
God would allow the people around me to speak life and encouragement to me. He would allow me to listen to sermons that hit my situation right on the head and encourage me to hang on in there. After a while, I decided to search the web for scriptures on depression and came across this scripture – Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Knowing that God was with me and would give me strength even when I wanted to give up, even when I wanted to not try anymore, even when I wanted to take myself out of this world, gave me hope. Just knowing that He was with me and cared for me was enough to encourage myself out of my depressive state. So, if you’re experience thoughts of depression or suicide, I encourage you to open the bible and seek God. Most of all DON’T GIVE UP.
Know that when we are weak, He is strong. Don’t ever think that you are worthless or your life doesn’t matter because it does. God wouldn’t have put you on this earth had it not been for him creating you for a special purpose. You are here for a reason! Depression is the enemy speaking lies to you and telling you that suicide is the only way out.
It’s not! Do NOT choose suicide. Know that GOD LOVES YOU. If no one else loves you or understands you, remember HE does. He doesn’t want you to do this. He has a special plan for your life and he didn’t put you on this earth for you to take it away. We all have dark moments in our lives. I admit I still have my dark moments, but I know that God is my light. God is my hope. God is my joy. God is my peace. God loves me. God placed people around me that love me and it would hurt me to see others hurt because of the decision that I chose.
Seek God for a way out and seek help from a professional if you need further help. You are not alone. God knows the plans he has for us and it is for GOOD and not for evil. If you need help please seek help from a professional counsel or call 1-800-273-8255. You don’t have to battle this alone.
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” ~ Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker (1926-2012)