Patience : Fruit of the Spirit

So like I stated in my goals post, men have expressed their interest in me. They were great guys and I found they had potential.

No, I’m not looking for perfection. But the question I have is: how am I supposed to submit to a man who doesn’t even believe in himself.

I’m 25 and my parents are worried I can’t a find a partner. I’m like “relax, I’ve only been single for 6 months, I’m not trying to get into something I will regret for the rest of my life.” And this is where patience comes in.

If this is the season to rest and develop, that is what I’m going to do. Being jealous of other relationships is not going to help my situation. When the right partner comes – I want to fully enjoy him. Bringing baggage and complaints to the table is not a goal of mine.

“He may not come when you want him – but he’ll there right on time” is an old school song we used to sing. God always gives us the things we need, rather than what we want.

Trusting in the highest father is what I’m doing, and I know it will be worth the wait.

In the meantime, I’m making sure my apartment is clean, and I cook meals – even if it’s just for myself. Preparing and evolving is what I’m using my singleness for.

A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. 

Proverbs 18:22

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Tuesday Prayer 2/13/2017

God thank you for providing a life that I never thought I would have. Thank you for allowing things to come together in your time. Even if I don’t fully understand the plans you have over my life, I accept whatever path you want me to take

Sometimes I feel like giving up and throwing in the towel on my dreams. I know that you will always provide all of my needs, even if my wants are pushed the side. I pray that you continue to show me your grace and mercy during difficult times. If I ever feel my hope slipping, I pray that you pick me back up. Let me pursue excellence while also seeking the righteousness of heaven.

I want to serve you with a whole heart. Please see my soul and know that I am at least trying not to conform to this world. I want to see how much you value me through your eyes. I want to value others how you value them. Do not let my heart harden by the uncertainty of life.

Your kingdom comes, your will be done on earth how it is done in heaven.

In Jesus Name,

[Amen]

God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found
in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,
though its water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.Selah

Psalm 46:1-3 

 

 

Peace [Fruit of the Spirit]

Trials and tribulations are inevitable. There will be bad days.

Yes, it is possible to have this fruit of the spirit. No matter your situation or thoughts, you can have peace.

Praying to God is what got me through some of my darkest hours. “This is what’s going on, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I pray that you take this pain away from me.”

This previous Sunday it was pouring down rain. I had enough faith to drive to church. Once I got in the parking lot, volunteers were waiting for people with umbrellas. They didn’t ask questions or judge the rain.  We all kept the umbrella until we safely got in the building.

No matter how bad it may seem, he wants to give you peace in your storm. Peace helps to develop your strength while you are waiting for the light to shine.

Please give God the authority over your mind and emotions. Our father can reassure us during imperfect times.

A peaceful mind will help you make the best decisions for your life to become whole. So please pray for this fruit.

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:18

Joy (Fruit of the Spirit)

In college, I was the annoying friend who always had something positive to say. When our senior project was overwhelming, I was the one uplifting my exhausted friends. It’s not like my life was perfect at that time. It was actually one of the stressful moments I endured in years.

 

 

I just ended a 3 years relationship and my parents were looking for me to become an adult. It was a time in my life when I was between the young girl phase trying to transition into a woman. Even though I didn’t know Jesus fully – I had a mustard seed of faith. My belief in God was the only thing that kept me going. My motto became “this is where I am in life and I’m not going to let anxiety ruin my last year of college.”

 
There is a big difference between happiness and joy. Happiness comes from the result of your current situation. “Hey things are going pretty good, I like my life. I guess I will be happy.”  Joy says “this season may not be what I want but I’m going to enjoy what I have. I’m not going to have a pity party.”

 
It doesn’t mean you don’t want more out of life or you are just going to sit and let life beat you up. It simply means you have to make the most out of the cards you were dealt.
Maybe you don’t feel good or pretty right now. Maybe situations in life are not going the way you hope them to be. Hey sometimes life isn’t fair and it’s hard. Joy comes from accepting where you are in life and making it work. Joy can sometimes mean making lemonade out of lemons.

 
The result of having joy is giving God the power to order your steps. I have so much to be thankful for now because I gave my troubles to Jesus. My life isn’t perfect but I’m blessed beyond measure. When you stop to accept what you have and let God handle the rest, the only way to go is up.


10 Then he said to them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

Note to Self

You’re a little uncomfortable right now. You know the next chapter in your life is about to unfold. You feel like you want to cringe. You have anxiety about a life you’ve never experienced before.

You have come so far in your life. You accomplished so much. You stayed true to yourself and took risk even when everyone thought it was stupid or crazy.

Listen, and do as I say:

Keep jumping in the deep end. Don’t give up. Learn how to swim in unknown depths.

Trust in yourself — know you will be okay.

You have character and the power of God by your side. So don’t sweat something you haven’t even had yet. Remember you waited your whole life for this – so don’t back out.

Love Always

Remote Christian

 

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Romans 8:31

Monday Prayer 1/15/2018

God thank you for giving me a good night sleep. Thank you allowing me to be productive last week. And thank you for giving me the resources to be my best self.

God please forgive me for not be grateful for the things I have in my life. Sometimes I take my blessings for granted. Know that even though I don’t see beauty all of the time – I still think you are amazing.

Please give me the perfect balance of caring for myself and other people. Let me be aware that the way I treat myself is reflection of God in my life. Give me the strength and wisdom to care of myself first. Please let me see myself the way you see me.

Thank you for giving your son to die on the cross for all of my sins. Even when I fall short of the glory – you always protect me. I love you so much.

Your Kingdom come – your will be done – on earth – how it is done in heaven.

In Jesus Name

Amen.

So God created man
    in his own image;
he created him in the image of God;
he created them male and female.

Genesis 1:27

A Message for Workaholics

Yesterday I got off work and rushed to work for production at my church. After running up the stairs, I was huffing and puffing.

Once we closed out, my pastor and production leader made it clear about a few things.

Right now we are in 21 days of prayer. Please take the time out to be in the presence of God. You are not obligated to be here. This is just another form of worship.

Working hard without the will of God is like riding a bicycle without the chain. You can pedal as fast as you want – but you need the chain to go somewhere.

In that moment I was like “I think he’s talking to me.”

My family has taught me to have a strong ethic and strive for excellence. Sometimes I forget to actually be in the moment. Without God what have I really accomplished in life? How far can I go? I don’t want the success and then realize it doesn’t mean anything because my spirit is not right.

So please take my experience as a note : work hard while honoring God.

26 For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will anyone give in exchange for his life? Matthew 16:26