Thanksgiving has got to be my favorite time of the year. A time just for us as a family to pause in the midst of our lives and just say "thank You, God."
How often do I do that in my day-to-day life?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"But remember the LORD your God for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today."
It's a four letter word, yes, BUT it's a good four letter word.
Notice that the verse doesn't say that God gives us wealth-it says that He gives us power to get it!
While God is very generous, He ain't gonna drop grapes in your mouth while you sit on your rear and do nothing! In fact, Proverbs 4:10 confirms this by saying "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."
God wants us to have wealth spiritually, physically, AND financially. But that requires some work on our part.
For example, I'm believing God for my school bills to be paid. But that ain't gonna happen unless I work hard, get good grades, and keep doubt and unbelief out of my life. :D
Hallelujah for revelation!!! :DD And a week before Thanksgiving too! WHOOOHOOO!!!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I am constantly reminded of this every single day.
It hasn't all been easy here at North Central. Exams, drama, papers, reading-it starts to take over your life!
Thankfully, Jesus is taking over mine :)
Ever since I got here I have been leaning on Nehemiah 8:10 which says "The Joy of the Lord is my strength!" This verse keeps me going when I feel like I may faint. It also helps me control my negative emotions, so that I do not let them take over my life.
Like today, I had been feeling really depressed. That is not at all like me, because the Lord has gifted me with a merry heart. However, I felt like a total mess. Different things were happening and the reading I had to do for Psychology nearly put me on the edge.
DEAR GOD HELP ME! I mentally screamed. WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE SO HARD????
I then crawled into my bed for a nap and turned on Keith Moore's sermon called Staying In Faith. I wanted more than anything to call my Mama and vent, but I knew that would not help me in anyway. For one thing, I would be giving into those emotions, and secondly, Mama's got enough to deal with already!
I was seriously tempted to skip Psychology that afternoon. But since my parents pay for me to come here, I called my Daddy and asked him if it was ok. He was sympathetic towards me, but suggested I go. Great! I sighed. Well if you got a duty you gotta do it!
God helped pull me together so that I could walk to Psychology without feeling so overwhelmed and crying from exhaustion.
However, during the first few minutes of class, I couldn't seem to concentrate. I gritted my teeth angrily. Dadburnit! I thought. I wish Thanksgiving were tomorrow!
I excused myself and went to the restroom, and that's where the Spirit got ahold of me. As soon as I walked in the door of that restroom, all the negative feelings that I had been feeling toward Psychology, college in general, and myself came back. Through the tangled mess of thoughts, I could hear the Spirit saying, "Don't yield to it!!! Don't yield to it!! I'm here!!"
Thank the Lord that we don't live by feelings!
I started quoting Nehemiah 8:10 and began thanking God for sustaining me through the toughness of college. I walked back into the classroom with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.
Now THAT'S victory!! 1 Corinthians 15:57! :D But THANKS BE TO GOD!! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!!! :DD
In the words of Brother Copeland, "I'm about to preach myself happy!"