|Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
I remember back to my first year of university. To put it simply, I was terrified. The university seemed huge and the idea of meeting new people was overwhelming. And in addition to all of that, I was moving away from home. It was a huge transition at the time.
I remember relying on God that first week. And because I did, God did so many things for me. He really pulled me through that first week.
So what did God do for me? Ultimately, He helped me adjust to living on my own and to get use to the university life. I was worried that I wouldn’t meet anyone but God had that covered. Many people started conversations with me. Being shy, I didn’t approach anyone but God brought them all to me. He gave me two good friends that week with many more to come throughout the rest of the year. To help with the moving out part, God put one of these new friends I made on the same floor in the residence as me.
My first year of university was amazing. I had so much fun and learned a lot. The reason? God was with me! He never left me. When I was scared, He was there. When I was worried, He showed me that everything was going to work out alright. He answered my prayers.
So when you feel scared, alone, or worried don’t forget that God is with you. Rely on God! He will never leave nor forsake you.
|He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11
God’s beauty is everywhere! His beauty is in His creation. It’s the trees, the sky, the way the wind blows through your hair. The feeling of seeing the ocean for the first time. It’s the sunset. It’s the coming of another day.
God’s beauty is in the moments. It’s watching your child grow up. It’s in the first kiss. God’s beauty is enjoying the company of friends and family. It’s savoring every moment like it was your last.
God’s creation is truly wonderful. Stop and appreciate it. Thank God for the magnificent moments, for the breathtaking views and for every day that we get to experience His creation, His beauty.
Check out: The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen – good Christian romance book about finding God again and enjoying His beauty.
Comments: How has God shown you His beauty? What do you find beautiful about God’s creation?
Are you struggling financially? Do you have a family to care for? Are you dealing with the death of a loved one?
Sometimes we continue to carry these burdens. We don’t talk about it or if we do we don’t seem to find relief from these burdens. So they keeping weighing us down, putting more and more pressure on our shoulders. And then when we can’t handle it anymore, we get angry or depressed. Or maybe we just give up entirely. But it shouldn’t have to end this way.
First, we need to admit that we can’t handle this on our own. We need help! God’s help! Trust that He is in control and thus will help us get through the rough spots.
Once we realize this, we can come to God with anything. We can lay our burdens down at His feet. For Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-28).
By giving all our burdens to God, we can finally feel relief. The pressure isn’t on us anymore. God doesn’t expect you to change the world or even a small part of it for that matter. He just wants you to live your life for Him, to serve Him. He wants you to love Him!
In addition, God tells us to “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). Talk to your friends and family. Tell them what’s been troubling you. They may be able to loan you a bit of money or give you some advice. They will support you as well and see you through it all.
And when the time comes and someone brings their burdens to you, help them! Don’t do it because they helped you or because you owe them a favor. Do it out of kindness and love. Because that is what God would want you to do.
But remember always bring your burdens to God! He is the solution! Let Him set you free!
So here’s the situation:
God has given you a choice. You can either take a one way ticket to heaven right here, right now or choose to live on Earth awhile a longer. The choice is completely yours.
So one way to make a decision is to look at the benefits and the disadvantages of both options. Let’s start with staying awhile longer on Earth.
If we live longer on Earth, we can do all that we want to do. We don’t have to leave the life we’ve been living. The hardest thing for a lot of us is leaving behind all our loved ones. We don’t want them to have to deal with the pain of losing us. We feel like we’d miss them.
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me ~ Matthew 10:37
Now imagine going to heaven and walking the streets of God’s kingdom. It’s a place of peace. It’s a place full of love. Imagine kneeling in front of Jesus and seeing the one whom we have served. Imagine walking the streets with Him, learning from Him and being with fellow believers.
Doesn’t that sound like the better option? We can’t deny God. What kind of relationship would we have with Him if we told Him that we didn’t want to be with Him NOW? That we would rather be consumed with earthly things rather than heavenly things? That we can’t let go of the life we’ve been living? That makes it seem like God isn’t very important in our lives. But He should be! He should be our #1.
So are you prepared to drop everything and go to heaven? Can you leave behind your family, friends and the life you’ve been living to be with God? Only you can decide!
and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me ~ Matthew 10:38
“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” ~ Garth Brooks
Instead of giving up hope when prayers aren’t answered, we should be thankful. This may seem kind of backwards but I believe it.
For instance, I can’t imagine where I would be if God answered all my prayers.
Let’s go way back to elementary school for a second. Back then, I had these two amazing friends. We would do everything together. However, they both ended up moving away. At the time, it was hard to let go of my best friends. We tried to keep the relationship going, but eventually we lost touch, getting caught up in our own busy lives.
It was a hard time for me. But looking back now I can’t help but wonder who I would have been had they stayed. What is frightening is that, I’m not sure I would have developed such a strong relationship with Christ had my friends stayed. We are so different now. I don’t regret the time I spent with these two girls because we had a lot of fun as kids. Knowing that God opened a different door for me, one where God’s the biggest part of my life, I wouldn’t change anything.
So maybe God doesn’t answer every prayer. But so what! God has something better in store for us.
Besides, doesn’t that show that God is in control and not us. He makes our plans. We can try to make our own plans but we will just end up worst off. Only God knows what’s best for us.