“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” (Isaiah 61:3, NLT)
It’s easy to have a good attitude and pursue our dreams as long as everything is going our way. That doesn’t take a lot of faith. But what about the difficult times — when a relationship doesn’t work out, or you get a bad health report, or a friend does you wrong? It’s easy to lose your passion when you’re hurt. Too many people are sitting on the sidelines of life because they’re injured. Now they’re nursing their wounds, not moving forward because of what they’ve been through.
You may have a reason to feel sorry for yourself, but you don’t have a right. God promised He will give you beauty for those ashes. He said He would pay you back double for the wrongs, but you have to do your part. If you’re going to see the beauty, you have to shake off the ashes of self-pity. You’ve got to shake off the discouragement and get back in the game. Every person has injuries. We all have wounds, but you can’t let a loss, a health issue, a divorce or a hurt be an excuse to sit on the sidelines. Today, get back in the game. Know that your best days are ahead. Know that He is working things together for your good, and He has victory in store for your future!
Everywhere I Go - MaryLee Kortes (Universal Music) [ 1985 ]
From the album “Unguarded” by Amy Grant
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Glory To The King - Darlene Zschech (Hillsong) [ 1997 ]
From the album “All Things Are Possible” by Hillsong Live
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was reading Mark 6:45-56 today. Jesus saw His disciples straining, the wind was against them, just like how tribulations and trials always come our way and rock our boats. But the Saviour WALKS ON WATER and is on top of out tribulations. His disciples thought He was a ghost and were afraid - just as sometimes we misunderstand His presence as something frightening, something that makes us terribly uncomfortable, something that forces us to do something out of our comfort zone. but Jesus says IMMEDIATELY, TAKE COURAGE, IT IS I. DO NOT BE AFRAID. He wants to be with us in the middle of our trials - He gets into the boat with us, and calms the storm. “The wind died down.”
“For we who have believed do enter that rest…” (Hebrews 4:3, NKJV)
God promises that there are set times in our future, but He doesn’t tell us when they will be. Your set time may be tomorrow morning at 9:47. You’ll get the phone call you’ve been waiting for. Your set time may be two years from now. You’ll get a good break that will thrust you to a new level. My question is, “Do you trust God enough to believe that your set times are coming?” Are you willing to wait with a good attitude? Are you willing to get a new perspective?
Remember, that set time is already in your future. Don’t let the negative thoughts talk you out of it. The way you know that you’re really believing is when you have rest on the inside. You’re at peace. You know the answer is on the way. You trust that God is working things out.
Today put your faith and trust in Him and enter into rest. Know that He is good and He is for you! Your set time of favor is on the way!
A Prayer for Today
Father, today I choose to enter into rest. I choose to trust You. I choose to put my faith and hope in You knowing that You are good, and You have good things in store for my future in Jesus’ name! Amen.
HE WHO CALLS YOU IS FAITHFUL, WHO ALSO WILL DO IT - 1 Thessalonians 5:24
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Corinthians 2:9).
Have you ever tried to imagine what God might have in store for your future? No matter how great the dreams are that you may be able to come up with, God has more in store for you than you can even begin to imagine! It’s starts in this life and then carries over into the eternal life. God is a creative god and His thoughts and plans go way beyond our thoughts and plans. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what He has in store!
Let that encourage you today to dream bigger. Get your expectancy up. There’s nothing that you can come up with that is beyond God. He wants to see you rise higher and it starts with your thinking. Think bigger. Think expansive. God wants you to excel and go beyond where you are. He wants to see you fulfill the desires of your heart! Keep standing strong in faith, and dreaming big, and you will see the life of victory He has prepared for you!
Anonymous asked: If its not too much to ask, could you make a wallpaper (for iphone) with these (any of these would do really! doesnt have to be all) lyrics? "Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide" or "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me" or "Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior" If you do make them thank you so much in advance! :)
hi, i’m sorry, but i can’t do requests at the moment… there’s something wrong with my photoshop and i can’t get any work done :( i might once i fix it!