Has life ever gotten hard for you? Have you ever had "stuff" happen so much back to back that your left wondering what in the world? Life is not easy that is for sure. Things happen in seasons and for a reason. We may not always see the reason why, but rest assured God has a plan.
I love at Bible Gateway they have so many translations of the Bible to study from. I like the NIV translation as seen in my art above. But, I love the Complete Jewish Bible translation of Philippians 3:14 too.
Philippians 3:14Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 14 I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua.
Ok right there is such an awesome wow factor in that verse. Ok,,, as if salvation in itself is not enough God even will reward us for pressing on in this life and living out your walk in Messiah Christ Jesus. To think God has a prize for us? God is such a good daddy. He is so amazing there are no words.
What are you doing to press on? Are you just floating by barely? There are times we may end up like that for a moment but you should never stay that way. Are you rising up above the waves of the storm to not let them bury you? Or are you walking on them? Keep your eyes on the one who has saved you already. Jesus. Keep your eyes on him at all times in all circumstances. Simply put, keep your life centered on him Yeshua, Mighty Jesus Christ the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. If you do and live focused on him and what he has already done about your problem at the Cross and what he is doing now and what he is about to do on your behalf in the future, then worry CAN NOT pull you under for good.
Imagine while in prayer walking up to the throne of the Father and laying your problem down at his feet. Say, Father I can not do this. You take care of it for me. He will. But do not walk back and pick it up. Let it alone!
Worry is of course the opposite of faith. Faith pleases God. So if faith pleases God and it is opposite of worry then, don't worry, be happy! Have faith that God's got this. Remember that song from the 80-'s? For real listen to it and be happy! Press on. It will get better! God even has a prize waiting for you on the other side. I think he is pleased when he sees us stopping worrying so much and trusting in him!
So in closing. The two good reasons to not worry be happy? God's really got this and sees the solutions so do not carry the weight of life alone. And he even has a prize for you later.
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In 2017 where will your focus be? In 2017 where will your alignment be?
I know some will create new years resulutions. Some will create goals. But do you think of your center focus? Your partnerships and alignments? What will you focus on and what will you align with or whom?
At this moment this week I am experiancing a renewal with Abba Father. First I want to talk about focus. I want my focus to be what he wants it to be and right now that focus is on Him. I want my focus in 2017 to be that of what ever is true, noble, righteous, pure, loveable, vituous, or praiseworthy.
Philippians 4:8 [Full Chapter]
In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.
When your mind is set on things of the Father it is hard for negative stinking thinking to over take you. When you focus on him and good things it is hard for depression to cling to you and over take you. If you are a beliver in Christ Jesus your one day closer to meeting him, so why not rejoice for things to come even if at this moment you have had a really bad day! He will deliver you.
Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.
Alignment according to the dictionary means a position of agreement or alliance. What are you coming into agreement with? Is it the troubles the devil has shown you lately? Is it depression? Is it finacial brokeness? Is it false peace? Is it realationship troubles?
Or are you aligning yourself with what God sees about your situations? He sees the victory and has already won it on the cross. He just wants you to align with him and he will guide you out of the darkness of the situation.
1 Corinthians 15:57 [Full Chapter]
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!
I want to align with and come into agreement with God's take on things. His take is what truly matters! Not letting the tempary before my eyes or hard moment overwhelm me. His will is the safest place to be on earth. Walking with the Father on his path is the right road period. Ask yourself what will you align yourself with in 2017. Make sure it is partnerships that will be healthy for your soul and future.
I choose to align and partner with God's plans for me in 2017. That is where true sucess will be found in all areas of my life. All glory and honor be unto God! I know when I make plans without God I fail. I want my partner to be God. Whom will you align with this year? Yourself, the world, or the most high God?
Hebrews 1:14New International Version (NIV) 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
I was about 3 years old on my way home from up state NY with my mom and dad. This was back in the days when you could ride without seat belts. I was in the back of a pick up truck sitting on a little seat that was not a proper truck seat because it was in a truck bed. With one of those fiber class covers on the back of the truck you would see in the 70's -80's a lot. There was also a LOT of glass bottles in boxes they were bringing back from NY to NC to collect cash on. Well I was so very young and so very little. I was very petite. Somewhere in PA I think it was they had a severe accident. My mother was pregnant with my little brother at the time. She was rushed to the hospital. I heard her yelling somehow or talking and she did not want to leave until they found my body. She was in very bad shape and had to leave. Now to get to my point.... I will now recount the events from my perspective as a toddler below!
I was having a good time keeping myself content as a little toddler could be playing with my little fake purse and the goodies it contained. I loved little tiny things to play with and a paper & pen. I was busy when all of the sudden I heard yelling and the most awful noises I had ever heard in my tiny life... I didn't know what the noises was I had never heard it all before but the moment I began to hear them I saw the truck bed moving in a direction I knew it was NOT to move and all the glass coming for me. I was in an instant more sacred than I had ever been so far in my young little life.... but in an instant I saw a flash of large light consume me. I couldn't see a thing but that bright bright blinding light. At first it startled me. It picked me up and threw me into darkness, the light was gone. This light was so amazing and I felt the most wonderful love, safety and comfort I had felt since the womb (If you did not read that story of what I remember life to be like in the womb please read it here.) It felt so familiar like I knew this light somehow.
Psalm 91:11New International Version (NIV) 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
It was all so very very fast. I screamed mommy!! MOMMY I want my mommy as it was holding me. The voice I call it came while I was in the darkness. "You are safe" it said. I spoke into the dark who are you. It said " stay here, your safe" I said where am I (this place felt so tight). It said " I placed you in safety until they find you" I said ok Mr. I said what happen I am scared why do they need to find me? He said " a bad accident happen but you are safe " I said will they find me Mr. He said yes very soon. Do not be scared. I heard this voice talk to me while I was in the dark and it all happen so fast. I said I hurt Mr. I hurt. Why am I in a ball. He was gone.
He would not answer me I got scared. I realized as I had been talking to him it was not with my mouth somehow we spoke without words with our mind. So I began to cry with my mouth and I mean really cry! I cried and cried..... amidst my cries I heard all sorts of sounds on "the outside what ever that was" I heard loud crunches and crashes. I heard men voices. I heard yelling. I heard a woman's voice. None of these voices sounded like my mom or dad. I was so very scared so it made me cry all the more & louder. I realize now as an adult if I had not cried they would not of found me!! My cries so loud is how they found me. Suddenly I heard a voice say keep crying keep crying. I had no idea really that people was looking for me I had not fully in my young mind made that connection yet. I thought it was my bright light friend again but then I realized it was not his same comforting voice. But this voice said keep crying baby girl keep crying so we can find you! I didn't know I was in a wreck... my young toddler mind could not comprehend it. Every one was accounted for but me. The truck was totaled by a 18 wheeler. So I obey that strange voice and cried harder thinking I was doing good somehow. All the sudden a while later I felt a jult. I felt my body being tossed around. They had found me.... I was stuffed inside a large hard cased suitcase ( you know those from the 60-70-80's) laying safely inside on top of a pile of glass & twisted medal in the twisted up trunk bed.
One of the reasons they could not find me at first was when they looked in the rumble all they saw was metal, glass & luggage they did not know I was actually there some how in the suitcase. I had not started crying yet and they did not see my body. I had been upset the angel left me. But I realize as an adult now that had he not stopped talking to me to comfort me I would of never started to cry in fear. They wouldn't of found me in time. Because my mom's life was hanging on a thread and she wouldn't leave in the ambulance till she heard word I was alive. SO they thought I was gone somehow under it all. The angel I now know is whom I was speaking to when I saw a bright light consume me and pick me up and throw me in the dark place "the suit case" in an instant saved my life. I would of been chopped liver had he not done that for me. I remember even some of what the rescuers was saying.... O my God we found her she is here she is here and I heard loud cheers of lots of people. I heard my dads voice saying that is impossible. That suitcase was full and locked with a key.No one could explain what happen and how I got there but I knew. I tried to baby babel in my tears a nice man in light put me there. But I do not think anyone believed me. There was no time for me to of unlocked it and crawled in. I didn't even have the key and as a toddler not even realized it was locked or how to unlock one in the instant of a high speed wreck. I remember when the man in a suit of some sorts ( later I realized as I aged it was an EMT man.) opened the suit case and I saw the day light for that first time in what seemed forever. I knew something big somehow had just happen. He hugged me and said hey little girl your going to be ok. He climbed out with me as I heard some cheering. He handed me to my dad... I cried but my dad quickly handed me to a strange lady as he ran away saying take care of her.... he ran to the ambulance my mom refused to leave in her major condition till they found me alive. He said take her go go go go now,,,and I was crying for my mommy and wanted to see her. They said I had no time mommy had to go she had no time. I had no idea if I would ever see her again at that moment. I was then left with the strange lady for what seemed like a very long time until my Dad came back for me. I remember my auntie came up from hours away to take me home as my Dad stayed on with my mom. That is all I remember about the wreck. I felt honored to remember such detail at such a young age of this amazing event. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!! I can no longer sit silent holding these memories & experiences to myself. It is time to use them to recount the God things of God and bring him Glory!