When You Feel Like Giving Up, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize
When you've cried all the tears you can cry, when you've done all you know to do and still reach that brick wall... you need to press in. Press into worship, press into GOD's Promises... PRESS IN until your brick wall comes tumbling down!
"It's not by might, not by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord." Zechariah 4:6
You can't do it alone. You can't do it in your own power. It has to be HIS power working through you. Set your face like a flint and purpose to overcome. Know that all things will work together for good and though you stumble, you will not fall ... as long as you seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness first, and then all things will be added unto you.
Believe the verses you read in GOD's Word, they are not fairytales, because I - like many - have lived them. I've walked them, I'm still talking, living and breathing them to this day. Many that have read my testimony ask how I could've survived all these years. I couldn't - not without the Mercy of God. Not without His patience and long-suffering my bad attitudes, my tantrums when things didn't go my way... my weak knees and stomach when He asked me to walk by faith when I couldn't see the road ahead. If I hadn't experienced the times I hurled myself off a sharp curve (metaphorically), and into mid-air, to feel myself landing in the hollow of His Hand, I wouldn't be able to identify with those who are headed in that same direction. I wouldn't be able to warn them to choose another path that promised less pain.
God has and is continuing to take me to places where I must pray for daily bread. He's tried and proven my dependence on Him - and is at this moment - challenging me through to perserverance. Just like He's challenging you. None of it is fun, but it is necessary to prepare us for the days that are coming. God provides these challenges so that we can live to testify to His Love, His Deliverance - His Salvation. We need to be able to stand firm and hold out that candle of hope to those who would die in the dark without it. God is real. And He always (eventually) makes a way where there seems to be no way. It's just hard to wait... but we must not lose faith. We must not shrink back into unbelief. Going higher, for the purpose of helping others - what we were all born to do - carries sometimes a very high price, but in the end we will reap our just reward. We are human, we are frail - we continue to question and doubt. God knows this. He created us, knowing things we will never know about ourselves until we meet Him face-to-face. Our respective journeys are designed to bring us to the end of our self-image so that we can emante His Image. To become less self-absorbed and self-serving, and become more self-sacrificing and benevolent toward humanity, just as GOD is.
This website is my defense against the enemy of our souls. It's my own little book of Hebrews, put here that I can reflect and remember. But it serves another purpose in these days of deception we must live through. I share my walk of faith because there isn't a cult I haven't seen or been a part of in my past. And one thing I know for sure, GOD doesn't waste ANY experience. He takes all that we've encountered - our trials, our tribulations, our mistakes made out of ignorance or innocence - and He turns them around for HIS Glory - if we will allow Him to.
I invite you to listen to a portion of my journey, my frustrations, my fears, my seemingly fragmented life. You will hear my questioning God, you will hear His Answers. You will see His mercy unfold in the many testimonies of His faithfulness - even when I wasn't. You will not find religion here, but you will find relationship and a path to finding a deep, abiding one with your Creator. My prayer is that you will feel GOD's Presence and come to know His Mercy - that it is new every morning and great is His Faithfulness. God bless you and keep you as you listen to my stories.
Psalm 37:4 "I was young and now I am old, and I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor their children begging bread." and Psalm 34:7 "An angel of the Lord encamps around about them that fear Him."
I am a single mother, and these are my two (now adult) children. I've raised them alone for most of their lives. Life is very difficult at times, especially when you are bound by disability, as I am. God has literally held me together with "sticks and stones", of which I refer to metal rods and stumbling blocks. And turning 55 this year has forced me to reflect on my life, what I could've done differently, what I wished I had never entertained. I've had to recount my past with GOD, and reason together with Him to make sense of it all. He always brings me back to those which have become my favorite verses, Psalm 37:4 and Psalm 34:7, for I have lived them time and time again, and they have defined my life and the person I have become.
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Very timely and amazing message. Please keep up the great work and never give up on what God has given you stewardship over.
There are days you feel as if God is picking the petals off your soul as if you were a wilting daisy, and you reason in your limited understanding,
"God Loves me...
He loves me not..."