Faith

God’s will be done?

We pray fervently for our hearts desires and we say, “thy will be done”, but do we really mean it?
Meditate on that for a bit…
Oftentimes, God answers our prayers and it’s not what we expect. Instead of being thankful, we complain. Then we continue to pray for a different outcome.
Why bother praying if we are seeking our own will?
No one knows us better than God. He is a merciful and kind God who knows what we need before we ask for it. He sees the dangers that lie ahead and He wants to keep us safe. Whether that “danger” means that we will backslide, fall into the devil’s trap, or turn our backs on God, He knows. It’s up to us to stand firm.
Instead of getting angry because the Lord didn’t answer in our will, be glad that it is His will.
I am sure we’ve all heard of “The Lord’s Prayer”.
 
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13
It says, “Thy will be done”, which means God’s will be done. When we pray, we ask the Lord to make His decision for our prayer request. We trust God enough to ask Him for His help; therefore, we should trust Him with the decision that He makes.
Although some answers may not be what we expect, we should be humble enough to accept God’s response to our prayers.
Let’s take a look at how Jesus prayed:
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”

Luke 22:41-43

He asked God to spare Him from having to go through pain and suffering, but He only desired God’s will to come to fruition. Jesus prayed that God’s will be done.
Jesus is a great example of how we should pray and react to God’s will. Next time we pray, let’s remember Jesus’ prayer.
Faith

Busy life? Start your day in prayer.

With an active toddler at home, full-time work and a family to care for (including parents), it can get pretty hectic for us. This is why I start my day in prayer.

I have learned to balance work and life. It’s not perfect and that is okay. I  accept that it will never be. Instead,  I’ve learned to lean on God more and more each day. Without Him, I just couldn’t survive my daily schedule.

Granted, I’ve removed many activities from my schedule that I don’t have time for anymore or that didn’t edify my soul, such as sitting on the couch binge-watching movies. (I guess this is another blog post!)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phillipians 4:8

My focus is to develop a deeper relationship with God. Once I spend more time with Him, I can hear His voice and He sets conviction upon my heart. As a result, I have made changes to my way of living. While not perfect, I slowly have begun to understand what His purpose for my life is. Aware that it will not happen overnight, I am patient (not easy!).

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to  work-life balance, I choose to do what works best for my family.

I begin my day in prayer.

One of the Commandments says to honor God and love Him with all our heart and all our soul. If we love Him as we say we do, then we act. Love is something you do, not something you say. For examples, I hear many people say they love God, but they never pray, visit His Holy temple, worship in spirit and in truth, or read the Bible.

But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart  and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5

It’s simple, actions speak louder than words.

 

While I am not a perfect Christian, I’ve learned that honoring God first thing in the morning, in prayer, is important.  Why?

I honor God by giving Him priority. He is first on my list. Not of a to-do list, but priority in the sense that He matters. He comes first in everything.

I build a relationship with God. A good relationship. He gets to know me– my inner thoughts and frustrations. And I get to know Him and His will for my life. It’s an investment that is worth it. One that has eternal consequences.

Prayer sets the mood for the day. He already knows what my day will be like, the challenges, frustrations and happy moments that I am going to experience.  He desires to spend time with me so that I can go confidently about my business.

He provides the direction I need to face whatever the enemy is going to throw my way. God alerts me when something isn’t quite right. And I can confidently say, “no” to the enemy’s trap.

Even if my day appears to fall apart, God is right next to me giving me peace and comfort. He gently whispers, “I got this!”. I don’t have to worry because He’s got it all under control.

He gives me perspective. There’s nothing else in this world that’s more important than spending time with God. And there’s nothing that he cannot handle.  Every so often, I hear, “Let go. Let God.”. I challenge you to try it.

Prayer changes everything. It’s changed me.

Let me share my first, real experience with prayer.

When I first became a Christian, I rarely prayed. It wasn’t a priority. Besides the times that I kneeled during a Catholic service, the first time I ever got down on my knees to pray was sometime in 2009 or 2010. My best friend’s father (whom I love dearly. He is like a father to me.) was very sick (heart condition and tumor) and he almost died. I got down on my knees,  I prayed and cried. That’s when I learned that there is power in prayer. He made it out okay. He is still living today. Praise God!

God answered my prayer.

Through my “perfect storm”, I learned to pray. Isn’t that how it always seems to happen? God breaks us down and we surrender. God is good!

Since then, the Holy Spirit has led me and shown me things. He is my mentor, my guide, my everything. He continues to show me how to pray.

There is power in prayer.

I don’t know what you are facing, but whatever that is, give it to God in prayer.

I am an “imperfect Christian”. I make many mistakes. I don’t have a perfect prayer life, but I do have one. And yours is not perfect either, but make sure that you are staying in touch with our Heavenly Father, every day.

It’s one investment that should take priority in your life.

Let’s keep moving forward in our “walk with Jesus”!

Would you like to share your story? A prayer tip? Testimony? Please comment below.

I’d love to hear from you!

God bless you & yours,

Ivette

 

Christian Life

6 things you can do when life gets in the way

 

It happens, that every so often life gets in the way. Can you relate?

Whatever your goal may be, sometimes priorities have to be reshuffled. It’s not ideal, but you don’t have a choice at that moment. I get it! You have a set goal, you are driven and you really want to make progress.

What are you going to do?

I’ve learned not to stress. Just go with the flow. Things may not always work out the way we expect them to, but we have a great God who is in control. He knows all things and His plans are perfect.

Not long ago, someone said, “enjoy the process!”.  And today, I say the same to you– Enjoy the process!

While life events may not always meet our expectations, there are a few things we can do to stay on track.

  1. Stay close to God via prayer. Always. This is so important and it’s the last thing on our to-do list. Prayer helps us stay focused, hopeful and moving along in God’s purpose for our lives.
  2. Keep a calendar handy with the understanding that many appointments will change. It happens! All will happen on God’s time, not ours.
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This is life. You get only one, on this earth. Do the best you can with what you have. Learn to live for Christ. It’s the best decision that you can make!
  4. If you didn’t get it right yesterday, there is always today. God’s mercies are new every single day. Why worry or get angry?
  5. God’s plans are perfect. We don’t always recognize that His plans are perfect, but they truly are. Leave it in His hands. He knows what’s best for you and me.
  6. Stop trying to be perfect. There is no such thing as perfect. All will work out the way God wants it to. Let go and trust Him.

Find Perspective in Scripture

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16: 24-25

For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9:15-16

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.” Psalm 116:5

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33

 

What else do you do to stay on track? Please share in the comments.

 

God bless you & yours,

Ivette