There are times when we might feel like the lonely ship tossed about by the waves on the stormy sea. Back and forth we float without direction, wondering if anyone will ever take any notice. If we are not holding onto hope as our compass, making it to dry land can be impossible.
Which is why we need a true north—a constant focal point that never changes. Wandering through without a compass and hoping you fulfil your God-ordained purpose on this earth can be very challenging. But when you look to God, He will give you the strength and endurance you will ever need. Not only strength to hold on, but enough strength to see you come out of that storm victorious. When you’re tired, His firm arms will scoop you up and breathe fresh life into your dry and weary bones. When you’re too battered to take one more step forward, His wellspring of life rises up and fills you once again. When you’re lost and unsure, His wisdom and insight opens the weary eyes and illuminates the journey ahead.
Be assured: there is no other true north, no other source of strength that will sustain you, or light that will faithfully guide you. Leave behind the world’s answers to your weariness and embrace your true north. God is the only sustainable source and your anchor in all circumstances. May the Lord direct your heart and His strength carry you through your darkest valley when all you want to do is give up.
Sometimes God does not direct you straight into your promised land. Like the children of Israel, once in a while, you may find yourself camping at the base of a mountain waiting for further instructions. Coming out of Egypt is the easy part, but waiting to go into Canaan is entirely a different ball game.
Frustrations will come knocking at your door, and if you are not careful, delayed expectations will lead you to make poor decisions. If you are not strong enough you might even find yourself tempted to reject God and pursue whatever might give you temporary satisfaction.
If you’ve ever felt frustrated by an uncertain season that lasts longer than you anticipated, you’re not alone. It’s important to remember that your waiting is not wasted. Look for evidence of God’s presence, and look back on what He’s already done. God’s timeline may be different than yours, but His faithfulness doesn’t waver.
For most of us there are times when life feels like a wilderness; wild, waste and inhospitable. You feel like you are going round and round in circles coming across the same familiar landmarks of painful issues, broken relationships, dysfunctional work situations, and you ask yourself; “haven’t I been here before?” And, as if that is not bad enough, 2020 had to waltz in our lives with its bag full of uncertainties—throwing at us all kinds of weather conditions to deal with. Truth be told at times it can feel just a bit overwhelming.
When life takes you in circles, permit yourself to slow down. Try along the journey to refine your compassion, gratitude and ability to hope. Notice the manna around you: the sustenance you find in your relationships, and being able to be around your family is a blessing. When life feels like a wilderness, remember that God can do a new thing at any time. He will make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
When difficulties come—whether from our own failures, the failures of others, or the fact that the world is broken—we should never see ourselves as victims. Rather, we are to remember that “God is for us” (Romans 8:31). No matter what circumstances we face, we can choose to have the mindset of victors not victims.
If you believe that God is for you, then you also ought to believe that God can use even the most difficult situations in your life for your good and His glory. That’s the promise of Romans 8:28: “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” And what is the highest good God could imagine coming out of our trials? That we might “become conformed to the image of His Son.” God’s purpose is to use every circumstance we face to mold our character to become more like Jesus Christ.
Exceeding the support of even our friends and family is the great Advocate—the Holy Spirit. He desires to cheer us on and come alongside us. But many times we get ahead of Him, making our own way, hoping He will join us in our own goals and agendas.
Don’t be so busy pushing forward that you don’t even stop long enough to ask Him if you are on the right path making the right choices. Ask Him what His goals are for you. And be prepared to hear what He will say.
With the Holy Spirit as your Advocate, striving and anxiety can be stilled by entrusting God with your future. Sure, it’s a risk. Trust always is. But He promises to multiply your hopes and goals into even more than you can possibly dream as you bravely choose to release them into His capable, creative hands.
No one wants to go through uncertainty, but what do you do when you find yourself in it? Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible. God does a lot of work we don’t see while we wait. It’s in this unseen work where we are transformed, healed and, ultimately, made new. God cares about our character, and it’s often in the midst of the waiting where He does His best character-building.
God assures us that, though we wait, He’s working. His promise is coming. I love the verse in Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT) that says, “If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take time. It will not be delayed.” #TrustHim #chidomadziko #inspiringyoutostandout
Most of the time we make the mistake of looking at our outside appearance; how we look, our level of education, how we talk, etc, and we come to the conclusion that we cannot be used by God. Even if the desire is burning inside of us to make a difference, self-doubt creeps upon us and it hinders us from answering God’s call. But thankfully God doesn’t look at the outside appearance, He looks at the condition of the heart.
God uses the underdogs – women, widows, weak, and poor – as evidences that God can work through the life of anyone, regardless of background, to show His grace and providence. God is not a respecter of persons, but a respecter of faith. Have faith in God, you are a part of God’s plan for great things! No matter how unimpressive your beginnings, no matter your flaws, cling to God and be willing to go where He wants you to go and let self-sacrifice and your devotion for Him thrust you to your purpose.
We live in a dark world, but God has given us His light which is His Word. Let us not stumble spiritually because we are not using our lamp. Let us not try to make it through the world without using the light God gave us.
The Word of God is a lamp unto our and a light unto our path. When we study the Word, the lamp shines in us and fills us with light. It provides us with wisdom and helps us not to stumble. Psalm 119:105
Give your worries to God for He cares about you. Peace, righteousness, security and triumph are YOUR heritage.
As servants and children of our Heavenly Father, we have an inherited right to security. It is what God wants, intends and makes available for us. The enemy comes at us through our minds; he wants to steal, kill and destroy, but no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. The Word of God reassures us of who we are in Christ Jesus; co-heirs with Christ, children of God and His beloved. We need to keep this truth in front of us at all times and the enemy will have no power over us. We are in security.
The more you hide your feelings, the more they show. The more you deny your feelings, the more they grow.
Unpleasant Situations and circumstances sometimes can force us to hide from how we actually feel; either from others or worst of all from ourselves. Because we want to be perceived in a certain way we end up putting on a facade. Yes you are all happy and bubbly around other people and you’re very helpful, but behind closed doors when it’s just you and you, how are you really feeling?
Transparency is also great for self-love. Self-love and self-care is something so important for our spirit and even in more human terms, for our mind. Our mind will tell us horrible lies in order to shield us from pain, as a sort of survival instinct, but allowing ourselves to love us first and foremost, brings forth a love that is neverending. Transparency is so important when learning the basics of how to love yourself. You’re not alone, God is with you. Talk to Him about how you feel and He will help you heal.