encouragement

He Knows

Sunflower blowing in the wind

I pray that whatever you are going through in this time, you would turn to Jesus who has a plan prepared just for you. He knows you. He knows the storm you are facing right now. He knows the valleys of sorrow and defeat that are trying to enclose you, but it’s ONLY HIM who can create the steps to bring you out safe. He has a plan for you, whether you realize it or not. He fashioned you in your mother’s womb. He mapped out your days before you came into existence, and He is willing to light the right path for you to travel on. 

Don’t allow everything that is happening in the world right now,  to rob you of reaching out to God. But instead, let it make you truly search for Him and get to know who He really is. He loves you; He really does. He has the answers you’re looking for. He is the answer you’re looking for. Stand still, take a deep breath, and lean into Him. Talk to Him and pour out your heart to Him; tell Him your fears and your doubts. Share with Him your longings and frustrations. Share with Him what keeps you distant and apprehensive of Him. He is not overwhelmed by anything we have to say, nor is He offended, BUT He is listening. His ears are not turned off from you and His arms are not too short that He cannot reach out to you.  

“Day 19” is the poem that is featured below by a young woman named Alexandra Hill. She wrote it during a stormy season in her life that only God was able to carry her through. She said, “I named it [Day 19] because, in that time of my life, I could only see one day at a time, so I [named it] according to the day that had passed”. 

Whatever the day is for you, let Jesus be apart of getting you through it. We cannot do this life alone, it would only destroy us. But with Jesus, we are strengthened, made whole, find meaning and are revitalized for the journey ahead of us.  Let Jesus grow you through this storm, and draw you in close to Him. He is speaking. Are you listening? 

I am praying for you and for the world as we are facing such an incredibly difficult time in history. May God keep you and your loved ones and draw you in close. God Bless. 

Day 19 by Alexandra Hill 

Standing in the garden

Searching

Waiting

Listening

For Your voice

Sitting in silence

There

Right there

You caught my ear:

“Don’t give up

Though you might lose focus

Though you can’t seem to find yourself

You’ve lost sight of who you are in the chaos

Trust ME

I know you

LISTEN to ME

I AM WITH YOU

I won’t let you fall

Lean on Me

Draw from Me

You are still standing

Don’t you know that I made you this resilient?

Storms have come and gone

But look at you

My love,

You have weathered them gracefully

The winds have threatened to knock you down

But darling,

I’ve held you up

You’ve felt weak, but I’ve been your strength

You feel defeated, but you’re still in the race

Don’t you know that I chose you?

Amongst all others,

I know you

I wanted you

I kept you

Everyday

I have watched you grow

When you had lost all hope

When you saw only faults and imperfections

Just when you had given up

I took you from a place of despair

And planted you firmly in a place that I knew you would thrive

It’s hard to look at how far you’ve come

It’s hard to see the scars and not feel the pain that came when they were still fresh wounds

But if you could see yourself the way I see you

Beyond the imperfections that I love anyways

You, My darling, would see growth

During the uncertainty of life, you came boldly before Me

Through fear of the unknown, your faith grew in Me

Calling on Me to be your strength when you felt weak

Still standing before me

You are My masterpiece.”

 

“Day 19” the poem was retrieved, with the permission of the author, from her personal Instagram page. The image above was retrieved from google images.
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A Quick Reminder

Just in case you didn’t know, or just need a reminder: Jesus loves you!!
Life happens, and it can throw us for some major and heart wrenching loops. When this happens and disappointment sets in, it is so easy to miss or forget that we are loved by an immeasurably, infinite God. One who sees us at our worst, understands the source of our weaknesses and shortcomings, and still chooses to love us, beyond us, in ways no one else can. His mercies are new each day (and never run dry), His compassion towards us is never ending and His pure joy gives us the strength we didn’t even realize we needed or were missing. Smile and rejoice! There is never a moment in time that you are not loved, not being thought of, or not being perfected by the Creator of the Universe! You are special and precious in His sight!!!
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His Love

His Love Image

God is love…

His love is one that is uncanny and unmatched to anything ever seen in all of humanity. It is just, yet graceful; it is stern yet tender; it keeps us in times when we should be let go; it is steady when our choices and habits make the ground of our lives rocky and turbulent. It is patient and kind when we are hasty and disingenuous. It is forgiving and it is willing to walk us through the hurricane winds of unforgiveness that pressure us to discard those that have ushered in the storms of hurt and pain into our lives. It is selfless when we are selfish and self-seeking. It is a healing balm to our wounds that ooze out infectious toxins that debilitate and cripple us from moving forward in our lives.

His love deeply penetrates like a scalpel making an incision for surgery; opening us up to remove what has caused the toxicity within us. His love cleanses us of bitterness, hate, insecurity, confusion, rebellion, hopelessness, brokeness, unrighteousness, emptiness, unforgiveness, pain that was never meant to cause the damage that it did, hurt that was never given to Him to deal with that has lingered within us that’s caused a cancerous-like mass of disdain toward people, situations, and relationships. His love severs roots of old that have tried to choke out our purpose, our dreams, our light, and our wonder from within us. Christ’s love is one that soothes and cleanses like soap and water to a skinned knee; it wipes away the dust and dirt of this world that has sliced into hearts and minds and bandages us up delicately to allow us to heal in such a way that causes us to become better versions of who we were even before we encountered the heavy-handed hit of the world to our lives. 

Oh! How beautiful is this love?! 

He embodies a love so world-renowned that all of mankind is chasing after it but with misinformation of where to find it. So instead of tapping into the Original Spring, we go out and try to find it in broken relationships, turned up bottles, pill concoctions, and hallucinogens that get us off-balanced. We try to find it in titles, affirmations, and validations. We look for it in chasing money, gossip, and in all the “latest and greatest” things. We look for it in the universe, nature, rocks, crystal and good energy. We seek higher powers that don’t talk back to us and lead us only to destruction. And we even turn inwardly to ourselves as our own high power, believing that we know, in our own finite knowledge, what’s best for us.

So we miss it. We miss the opportunity to get to know the love of the One who created us with a purpose in mind. We miss experiencing the purest love that we will ever find. Love that is patient and kind. Love that keeps no record of wrongs, and a love that picks us up when we fall without a condemning grasp. We miss the opportunity to experience a father’s love; our Father, the One and True Creator of the universe, Jesus Christ Himself. 

In Him is the love, joy, peace, strength, and hope we look for in day to day occurrences, but the truth is, there is only one way to experience fulfillment, purpose and the wholeness we are all striving to experience…through getting to know the One who fashioned your days and created each of us with a special, unique design. Experiencing God’s love is the only way to satisfy the hunger in our lives we are so desperately trying to feed. He is the only One that has what it takes to satisfy the appetite of our unending desires. He is waiting for us to come to Him with a simple asking for His love because within Him is all that we need.   

God Bless.

Arnita Faith

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It’s Going to be Alright

Everything Will Be Alright

Have you ever heard the song, “Every Little Thing” by Hillsong Young and Free (I am going to place the lyrics and YouTube video down below)? It is an amazing, encouraging song that reminded me that everything happening in this life is going to be alright.

I just want to share this song with anyone that is trying to figure out this thing called life, and I want to encourage you that every little thing, every detail, every plan, every situation, every pain, every stress, every loss, every impasse you may find yourself at, everything that seems incomplete, everything that seems impossible to face or handle, that every little and big thing is going to be alright. God has a distinct plan for your life, and I know it doesn’t all make sense yet…the key word is YET, but it will. And the only way you are going to know His plan is if you keep going.

He is not blind nor deaf to where you are or to what you are up against, but He is working things out better than we could ever do on our own. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways on a higher playing field than our ways. Jesus is ALL KNOWING, ALL POWERFUL, ALL WISE! He sees our lives in dimensions and realms that we cannot see or comprehend because we are only seeing from a horizontal view. His promise is that everything concerning us will work out, that every little thing, no matter what it looks like now, is going to be alright.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

Keep going…Start believing Him…Learn how to trust Him…He has our best interest at heart. I promise the plan God has in place for you is worth it all. God Bless.

[Intro]
Every little thing-ing-ing

[Verse 1]
Your favour waits within the future
My dreams are small compared to Yours
Why should I worry ’bout tomorrow when I know
That all I gotta do is trust You, Lord

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Verse 2]
Behind the scenes and in the details
You plan the perfect way for me
Why would I dwell upon the road’s uncertainties
When all I gotta do is look to You
Yeah, all I gotta do is look to You

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Post-Chorus]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Bridge: Andy Mineo]
Hey God, I know You don’t need no one to advise You
You probably do a better job running the world than I do
I just thought I’d remind You
I’ve been trying to find You
It feels like Satan working overtime, times two
They say if it doesn’t kill ya that refines you
But I’m trying to live, and that’s bigger than survival
It’s been a long night
It’s been a long fight
So just remind me now
Everything will be alright

[Outro]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

All Bible verses have been retrieved from biblegateway.com. The video was retrieved from YouTube. The photo image was created on Word Swag.