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Hello Brothers & Sisters in Christ, it’s been several months since I’ve blogged. Life has been both bitter sweet for me since November but God IS STILL good and faithful! I’m currently in the middle of wedding planning, back working and trying my best to keep this diabetes in range to be healthy. Pray for and with me as I continue to walk this journey we call life.

Today in particular I got hit with a major curve ball. I’d made this dental appointment four months ago and have been looking forward to it. Well this afternoon I got a call from the office and the receptionist had some financial news for me. She says hey, you have a $567 share of cost, did you know this? My heart sank into my chest because I knew by Monday I wouldn’t be able to pay this. I bellowed out WHAT???!! She says yes, according to documents you’ve submitted, you make too much to qualify for your regular plan. We chatted some more and to make a long story short, I had to give up this appointment. I immediately became angry and began to cry because I hadn’t been informed of this.

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I just sat in my kitchen, tears streaming down my cheeks asking God why. I kept saying Lord, what is this? What is your plan? I said some colorful words too (just being honest) and paced back and forth as I kept pouring out my frustration and sadness to God. It was silent but even in my frustration, even in my anger and even in my sadness, I just choose to believe. I’m not sure why things went awry but I trust God has good reasoning for it.

I find it is so easy to allow the devil to steal your peace or your joy. I had to take my power back, popped on my gospel music and began to praise. My soul is at peace because I know God has my back. His ways and his plan are perfect and if you just hold on a little while he’ll reveal it. Exercise your faith in the midst of adversity and tell God, “Lord I choose to believe, your will your way”. No matter what comes your way, you will absolutely be okay. Not sure who said it first but faith it until you make it and I promise you, it will turn in your favor. Let’s Pray!

Most faithful and powerful Lord,

I come to you now with a open heart and mind. Thank you for protecting me, providing for me and seeing in me what I don’t even see in myself. Father I am faced with what seems like a hardship but I know you’ll make it alright. I choose to believe in you and exercise my faith because you are faithful. I choose to wait on the revelation of your plan and praise you in the midst of it all. Thank you Lord for my husband to be, my daughter and please watch over us as we sleep tonight. In your son Jesus Christ name I do pray, Amen.

 

 

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Wow, it has been some time since I have blogged or really done anything related to BFPH. I’m NOT proud of that so here I am trying to revamp it. I remember being in a really healthy spiritual and emotional place when I first started BFPH. Things have changed in my life this year and I’m going to speak briefly about it. This blog (and others) have been on my heart but I just didn’t share it but look out for it because I’ll be posting more and more about my journey this year. Let’s dive right into this blog though.

So, early this year I had the chance to meet a pretty nice guy. We talked, he knew God, he honored my decision to be celibate until marriage and he is a parent. I fell for him rather quickly but kept my feelings to myself until I got the official word for him on his feelings. In April, he expressed to me wanting to keep things light and I was devastated but I went with it. In May, he decided that he wanted more and told me he loved me. I was overjoyed and excited to be in a relationship because after all, I’d been single for 4 years. We communicated well, I was able to open up to him about my past hurts, he was supportive of me reuniting my daughter with her father and just was the man of my dreams. I thanked God nightly for him and we began to speak of marriage a few weeks later. I was really over the moon because as you’ve read previously on my blog I deeply desired marriage and thought God had blessed me with this gift and it was about to happen.

Fast forward down a few more months and I had been getting advice from different sources on what to expect in the next phase of our life. I called my Pastor’s wife for her expertise when we had those little arguments and I was actively preparing to be a wife. Now, I know you can NEVER be fully prepared or prepare to be married but I knew there were little issues I had that I’d need to work on before I could marry this man. I did that work and in my mind all things were a go, for him it was not. Recently, we had a petty argument/misunderstanding that I thought we’d brush over. He had been experiencing mixed feelings and decided he wanted to go another direction with his life. Now this has left me baffled, confused, hurt, shocked and so many other things. I’ve been filled with anger and I’ve acted it out on him and I am not happy about that. You just don’t know how you are going to react to someone who has hurt you very deeply. He has been really vocal about his disdain for my treatment of him. I thought how dare he tell me about how he feels after he has driven a knife through my heart and twisted it? The gall of some people but he is right! Just because I am hurting, my job as a daughter of Christ is to still show love and be kind. But how do you show the love of Christ when you are mad at Christ? Yes, I said it, I am angry with Christ because I felt he should’ve saved me from this pain. That’s a trip isn’t it? I’m smart enough to know that God isn’t at fault for this, I am! My relationship with Christ wasn’t even strong when I entered the relationship but here I was expecting him to honor it. I had begun slipping in my bible studies, engaged in some inappropriate conversations with this man but I expected God to cover me in it?

Well my first and most important priority should have been to get right with the Savior. I should’ve stayed connected to the vine instead of running off trying to become married. I should have been working to become whole in Christ instead of making this man my primary focus and neglecting Christ. Truthfully, God spoke to me MANY times in that relationship and gave me warnings not to make him my mini god. I did not listen because I wanted it so bad, I was willing to run through all the warnings and stop signs to get to my fleshly desires.

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So I know first hand how hard it is to wait on God to reveal his plans for our lives. You get impatient, you get discouraged, you get stressed and possibly depressed but trust his timing. This last week hasn’t been easy for me, I’ve had my health come under attack and it has left me a little sad. While going through the motions and the days of sadness I just ran across this verse. Jeremiah 29:11 which reads; for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an unexpected end. Doesn’t it seem as though God is punishing you at times? The hell rages on, the bad news just keeps coming and you don’t know where to turn besides right back to the same God, you may be doubting. Well hopefully after this blog you can be encouraged that God is standing right there and has good plans for your life.

 

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For about a year I’ve been seeking employment, praying for things my heart desires but never stopped doing my own self work. I realized I had some things I needed to work on before I could even think of asking God for more. I’ve been doing that work and still praying daily and at times I’ve gotten discouraged but I understand God has a plan. Now if it was my plans, I’d be married, working, living on my own and enjoying an abundant life with no worries. With God, that just isn’t his plan, even in my discouragement I could look back and say God isn’t going to leave me hanging. All my needs were met but he still is doing a work in me and requiring more of me before he can elevate me. At times it has felt like I’ve been left right in the middle of Hell, he turned his back on me but the truth is, he didn’t. God has a way of humbling us and bringing us right back to him.  I have a couple tips for you in your times of trouble and will hopefully giving you a new perspective. 

Tip 1: Increase your faith, decrease your thoughts: When you are thinking too much and fussing at God you are giving the devil glory. Set your faith in motion and start claiming your freedom from the situation right now! God hears every prayer and just because he hasn’t answered them right now doesn’t mean he isn’t going to answer them later. 

Tip 2:  Do a motive check: Whatever you are asking God for, make sure it’s not for selfish reasons. When you get that house, will you run any and everybody through it? When you get that job will you be a faithful tithe giver? When your health gets better will you turn back around and feed it poison? These are all things you need to think about when going to God for things. 

Like I mentioned before God has a plan for our lives, we don’t need to help him. He has everything set for his timing and we just have to trust him and increase our faith. I know first hand that it isn’t always the easiest thing to do and we think God needs help but HE DOESN’T. Just reflect on any time where you were in a situation and couldn’t see your way out. Didn’t God step in, clean up your mess and still love you like you’d never done anything? Yes, he has done it for me and I just thank him for his perfect timing. I know my health is going to improve, I know my plans take a back seat to his and I will continue to trust him. Will you?

Let’s pray,

Father God,

I come to you with a humble heart and a mind set on you. Thank you Lord for your plans and your perfect timing. I ask that you hear my heart and comfort me in times of distress. I know you will not leave me hanging and out to dry. You are such a gracious God and you have great thoughts toward me. I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken and never will because I am your child. In your name I pray,

amen

 

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I want everyone who reads this blog to read Hebrews Chapter 11 vs. 1-40. The verse I want to touch on is verse one and it states “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Now I know when you are believing God for things, it can be extremely difficult to have faith and its especially hard when people are getting “your” blessings. I mean you can  just about scroll any of your social media and see that job you were believing God for, someone got it! That car you’ve been praying over, someone got it! That engagement you’ve been waiting on, oh look someone has got that too BUT it is THEIR time.Do you have faith to get you through your pain and disappointment? Well after this blog I believe you will, travel with me for a second.

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So a week ago i wrote in to a local agency trying to see my status on a apartment. I’ve been on the list now for 3 years and won the lottery but never heard anything back. About 4 days ago my phone rang and it was a lady from the agency. Her voice was full of enthusiasm and she confirmed my information and told me something would be out in the mail. I was so excited thinking, YES, this is finally it, I am going to finally get my own place. Oh that letter came BUT it sure didn’t have the words I wanted to see written on the lines! It read “you are active on the waiting list” and with some asterisk it said we won’t be giving any vouchers out through 2016 .OHHHHHH I was beside myself with grief and disappointment BUT I kept a positive attitude. I immediately went to telling my heart to be quiet, sucked those tears back into my eye socket and tried to keep smiling. I said out loud, well God has something better for me so this is just a “not yet”. On the inside my flesh was going crazy, I was fussing at God, asking why, why, why, I’ve been faithful,been celibate, I’ve paid my tithes every month for the last year and asked how he could do this to me. I just could not understand why a servant following God’s commands would be slapped down once again and expected to have this thing called faith.

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 I was beyond hurt, disappointed, discouraged and plain ol wanted to throw myself a pity party BUT I didn’t do it. I instead told God, “God this hurts so bad, I don’t understand it but I trust you”. “I don’t like the way this feels, I don’t want to smile though it but you know what you are doing so I just have to keep believing in your timing and decisions”. My faith was and is bigger than that disappointment, that rejection definitely hurt but I know better things are up ahead. Remember God knows the desires of your heart and he will give them to you but you have to submit to him first. I can admit, I stopped reading my bible and thirsting after him the way I once was. I had to snap myself back into gear and realize if I can’t be consistent with what he requires of me, why would he give me more? I haven’t nurtured the things he’s already given me so God isn’t going to give me more. Know that God has a way of getting your attention and if you don’t listen, he’ll make it plain and sting!

Another thing that you can rest in is he doesn’t run out of blessings! He has all power in his hands and he will definitely have a portion for you in his timing. No amount of pouting, crying and feeling sorry for yourself is going to speed up that timing. You should also learn to celebrate others, when they get that thing or those things you’ve been praying for, BE HAPPY FOR THEM! That means he is making his way around to you but make sure you are in alignment with him. I have gotten back on my blogging, reading my bible, praying without ceasing and just feeding my spirit over my flesh. I’m even looking to host some events for the ministry he placed on my heart (look out for that). Sure I want that house, looking forward to that relationship, believing him for new employment, praying over a new car but I understand to nurture my relationship with Christ first. If he can’t trust me with a little, when I get a lot he knows I’ll be placing him on the back burner so he’s strengthening me in this time. Sure at times it feels like lack but I’ve learned many things just by sitting back and observing other people’s mistakes. Let’s Pray!

Father God,

I come to you tonight thanking you for the many things you are doing in my life. You have sustained me through my season of unemployment, been a comforter on my lonely nights, given me a car that runs and even made sure I haven’t missed any meals. Lord, I appreciate the love you’ve shown toward me, even when I haven’t always shown it back to you. I come to you father asking that you forgive me for my sins, forgive me for a lack of faith at times and give me strength to keep going. Yes Lord, it hurts to be denied my wants but I know you have something better for me in YOUR timing. I may not like the way it feels, I may not like the time it takes to get what I’m believing you for but I surrender it unto you. Thank you Lord for giving me a spirit of belief, love, hope, faith and assuring me that you are in the blessing business. In your name I pray,

Amen