10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 187)

The goodness of God didn’t stop with your last breakthrough. The goodness of God didn’t end with your last blessing. The goodness of God didn’t leave you when you last failed. God’s goodness is always present. Enjoy the gift of His goodness!

You have made it this far. You are here for a reason and not just for a season. God is going to take you to the next level. Stay in faith. Don’t give up. God has many reasons for you to get through these tough seasons. The best is yet to come!

When you are faced with a storm, the size of the hurricane is not what matters. Your reaction to the storm is what makes a difference. React with God. React with your fortress and your shield. All God to calm the storm within so you can defeat the storm outside.

Don’t let your circumstances dictate what you can expect from God. Expect God to change your circumstances. God can intervene and turn your trials into triumphs!

Keep trusting the Lord no matter what. Things might be terrible for you now but the Lord has a plan to change your situation. Hang on to the living Hope. Hang on to Jesus. Change is coming!

On your rainy days, don’t give up on the sun. On your worst days, don’t give up on the Son of Man. Jesus will bring the sun back. The presence rain doesn’t mean the absence of the sun. Jesus might be behind the clouds but He is there with you!

The freedom that God’s truth brings is out of this world. It sets all records straight. It destroys mental strongholds. It clarifies all confusion and it gives you a new lease on life. Pray for the truth. Pray for freedom in Jesus’ name!

You can’t give to others what you don’t already have. You have love, peace, joy and other fruit of the Spirit because you have Jesus. Give all you have from God and change someone’s life!

Let Jesus be your answer to everything. Let love be your answer to everything. Let hope be your answer to everything. Let faith be your answer to everything. Let God give you the answers in everything!

The wait can be long but God is working on your situation. He is doing more than you think so don’t let your mind shut Him down and diminish His ability to do the impossible in your life. He is at work so rest easy!

Suggested reading: Job 42:2; Matthew 19:26; Romans 10:9

The Lord is your Shepherd

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”* This verse is taken from Psalm 23, a Psalm I read every day. It is encouraging, comforting and uplifting. It is a promise from the Lord that we should look at by considering who the main subject is here. Is the main subject “The Lord” or “I”? I used to focus on the “I” part of the verse and on what I was getting out of that promise. The promise is for us but The Lord is the One we should zero in on. The Lord is our provider. He is our keeper and our protector. A shepherd takes care of his flock and he watches over every single one of his sheep with a lot of attention. He makes sure that everyone is safe. The Lord does exactly that with you, friend. He is your Shepherd and He watches over you and makes sure you are safe wherever you go. Today I want to encourage you to think of the Shepherd and what He does in your life. Think about His role as Shepherd and what that implies in your life. He is always around you. He is always ready to protect you and to help you. You are safe. You are protected and you are shielded by the Lord almighty. Don’t fear. God is with you and He will give you what you need. You will not want!

Have you ever been in situations where you didn’t have enough of everything? You need money. You need more time. You need more peace. You need more joy. You need more love. When we remember that Jesus is our provider, we often think about money and material things being given to us. He can certainly provide for us in the material realm but He can give us more than money, objects and materials. The Shepherd looks at all our needs and He gives us what is best for us at the moment. When we rely on Him, we lack nothing. There are times when we want money and we have to wait a long time but in the meantime He gives us peace and joy. He also gives us another way to look at our situation or another way to look at the world around us. The Good Shepherd does a wonderful job in us when we yield to His direction and to His command. When we let Him take over our plate of anxiety that is too full, He replaces it with a meal of serenity and peace. The Lord is the best provider there is because He will always fill our cup to the brim with the best things we need at the time. The Shepherd always knows best!

The Lord promised that you would lack nothing. That is a promise you can rely on and you can hold close to your heart. Take that promise seriously and be sure that your faith in it grows. Put the promise to the test by proclaiming that it is real and it is for you even when you have little. Don’t look at what you don’t have. Stare at the Shepherd and thank Him for what you have in Him. He has all you will ever need. Declare that you trust Him and that all your needs are meant in Him. Peace is available to you. Joy is there for you. Love is present. The Shepherd is full of everything that is pure, noble and good and He is always willing to give it to you. What seems like a lack today is an opportunity to demonstrate your faith in the One who will provide for you all the time. Don’t worry about anything but in all things let your needs be known to the Lord. The Shepherd is following you and He is also before you. You are surrounded by the Lord. Enjoy His love and His presence. Enjoy the Provider who will make sure you lack nothing! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 23:1*; Luke 21:33; James 5:15

Faith gets you closer to God

I often talk about the peace of the Lord because it is something that has made me feel closer to God. It is so powerful and so out of this world that I see it as a footprint from the Lord on my life. He leaves footprints on my life from time to time to remind me that He is there. They are also like winks from Heaven. Winks that tell me, “Don’t worry, the Lord is always with you.” You see, I used to look for signs and for feelings that demonstrated that the Lord was around. I relied on how I felt to know that God was present. The truth is that He is always there and He never leaves us even when we don’t feel anything or we don’t have any signs. Looking for signs all the time can be very deceiving because most of the time we “don’t feel” God. How do we know that He is there then? By faith. Faith is the assurance that God is present and that He is active in our lives. Faith is a form a vision. We see beyond the natural and we see into the supernatural or the impossible. Faith gives us a new eye sight. A new and better way of looking at life. Faith doesn’t rest on what we see with our eyes or what we feel with our bodies. We know God is there when we have faith and we don’t need anything tangible or visual to be sure of His existence. Faith is extremely powerful. Faith creates great things into our lives. When we have faith, we have access to the miraculous, the impossible and the supernatural. Faith is what we should pursue and grow in our lives.

“Now faith is confidence in hat we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”* What do you hope for? We all hope for many different things. As Christians, I would say that one of the things we should hope for is a closer relationship with the Lord. We can attain this intimate relationship by faith. Two people get closer when they spend time together. Let’s spend more time with God by faith. Let’s set time aside knowing that God is with us during those times. We don’t have to feel Him or to hear Him right away. We just have to trust that He is with us and that He is listening to us. He is very talkative and by faith we can hear Him. How? God doesn’t contradict His Word so what we hear on the inside that is connected to the Word of God is God talking to us. We need to have faith in what He says and in what we hear. We should live by faith and not by sight so our lives should reflect our belief that God is with us and that He is interested in a relationship with us. With faith we can please God. Faith shows us that God is real, that He loves us and that we ought to follow His lead. Faith gets us closer to the Lord. Faith is a connector, a bridge between God and us.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him use believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”** Faith connects you to God like I said earlier and it shows you that your God exists and He is with you all the time. When we rely on our feelings and our moods as indicators that God exists, we focus on the wrong source. Our knowing that God exists should be faith-based because our emotions and moods will change all the time. A characteristic of faith is that it doesn’t waver no matter how we feel. Faith is in the heart and it influences our minds. Let your faith be stronger than your feelings. Develop faith by spending time in the Word of God. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. You can’t have more faith if you have little of the Word of God in you. My prayer is that your faith is so strong that you know without a doubt that God is with you, for you and in you. Faith gets you closer to God, friend. Believe He is there. Trust He will never leave you. Do it by faith. His peace and His joy are bonuses that are reminders of His presence but faith should be your main point of contact with the Lord. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1*; Hebrews 11:6**; 2 Corinthians 5:7

Expect God every day

I love the start of a new week. I love new beginnings. I love new days, new weeks, new months and new years. However, I don’t wait for a new start to challenge myself or to trust that God can do something different in my life. Yes, He is the God of new beginnings and His mercies are new every day. I am so thankful for that and I praise the Lord for His new mercies. I do believe that God can act at any point in my life and I don’t have to wait for a new day or a new year to have great expectations. I expect God all the time. I expect Him to act on my behalf any time. I expect His blessings to follow me wherever I go and whenever. I don’t have to wait around for something new to happen. God is here now. His love is here now. His power is here now. His blessings are here now. You and I have the creator of the universe on our sides and He loves to bless us. I know that if we have faith in His blessings, they will flood our lives. God loves us more than we know and He wants rivers of blessings to be present in our lives. We need to learn how to flow with that truth so that we embark on the boat of joy and peace that floats on His rivers of blessings. Today could be a new beginning for you. Today could be the day you begin to trust that God wants you to be blessed all the time. I encourage you to expect God any time of the day and any day of the week.

I remember loving Sundays as a teenager because I could go to church. I used to go far to attend a church where I found what I needed at the time spiritually. I basically lived for Sundays. I knew I would encounter God on that day and I loved how my Sundays gave me the strength to face the new week. I had the wrong approach. I put God in the “Sunday box.” He was limited in my mind because He could only show up in my life on Sunday. I had a vision of a limited God that I could truly only interact with on Sunday. My Sundays with God helped me deal with Monday. At least with part of Monday because by the end of Monday I was usually back to my old defeated self. Did I pray during the week? I did but my prayers were rot and they sounded rehearsed. I didn’t know how to connect with God outside of Sundays. I didn’t except God during the week other than some ripple effects from my Sunday worship and prayer time. We should expect God all the time, friend. Sundays are great days to praise the Lord but so are all the other days of the week. We can expect God’s peace every day. We can expect God’s joy every day. We can expect God’s blessings all the time. We should expect God at all times.

I saw a big shift in my spiritual life when I decided to praise the Lord on a daily basis. I remember actually starting doing that on a Monday. I held my own private praise and prayer sessions in the morning and at night. I brought church home so to speak and within a few days, I had encounters with the presence of the Lord. He visited me every day and I was open to His love and His direction. The Holy Spirit opened the eyes of my spirit and I was all about Jesus. I expected the Lord to inhabit my praises all the time. I read my Bible every day. I prayed a lot more and I established a beautiful relationship with the Lord. I expected Him to be the God of the Bible 24/7 and that is what happened. I had dreams, visions, bouts of joy and peace and I was addicted to Jesus. I expected Him to bless me every day and to help me deal with every single day. I knew that problems would still arise but I expected God to give me the victory. Today I still expect God every day. I still pray and worship all the time and it makes my life so much better. God is not just here on Sunday. Expect Him every day, dear friend. It will change your life for the better. Expect God’s blessings all the time. Ride the waves of His peace every single day. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: John 8:32; John 14:6; Ephesians 3:20

Living Hope

I call Jesus my living hope. He is very much present every day. He is more alive than anyone I know. He is part of my life and He makes my life so much better. He is the light that never goes dark. The life that injects more life into my life. He is God. He is the King of Kings. He is the best friend you and I can have. He is family. He is the head of the family. He is beauty incarnated and love personified. My living Hope is with me all the time and I am working on making this more and more of a reality. He doesn’t need to work on His end. He is all set. We are the ones who need to work on getting closer to Him and on believing how real He is. It is so easy to get bogged down by life and to drift away from our living Hope. We are way too familiar with the living despair. He is the opposite of the living Hope and he gets into our lives easily. It is time we magnified our living Hope and we minimized the living despair. Jesus won against the enemy. His hope is stronger than the despair of the enemy. Let’s walk hand in hand with our living Hope. Let’s give Him the time of day and let’s push despair out of our minds and out of our hearts.

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”* You believe in Jesus so you have the hope of glory in you. You have hope living in you. The living hope that is with you all the time is more powerful than your problems and your trials. However, if you don’t engage with the living Hope, if you are not familiar with Him, the Hope will not help you. It won’t do anything for you. It’s like having a treasure in a chest and never using it or never even looking at it. What good would it be to have millions if you didn’t  understand that they are yours to use? I am not saying that you should use Jesus. No, I am saying that the aware of His presence can fill you with joy and hope and we should use that awareness. His presence is a permanent fixture that we don’t always take into consideration. Some people “feel” that God has left them. He hasn’t but the distractions and the priorities they have are not conducive to communicating with God or to being aware of Him. There is a strong need for daily interaction with the living Hope. We can learn so much from Him and we are meant to worship Him. We should be worshiping Jesus every day. That habit takes us to a higher level in our relationship with Him. He reveals Himself when we praise Him. He inhabits our praises. The living Hope that we long for is right there in our praises. Let’s lift Him up.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people”** We can be enlightened and receive the revelation of the hope that is in us. I want to be hopeful all the time and make sure that my hope comes from the living Hope who gives away His blessings freely. The living Hope is precious. Jesus is precious. I love that He makes His home in our hearts through His Spirit. We are so fortunate. We are so blessed and we should know that the hope that is always by our side makes our lives easier. We should tap into the power of the living Hope. Hope is what we should wear every day. We should react to life with the living Hope. Let’s divorce discouragement and let’s be married to the living Hope that is in us. Life is hard. Life can be extremely hard but the living Hope never dies and He can make anything better. Dear friend, there is always hope. The living Hope can change anything in your life. Hang on to hope. Hold on to Jesus. You have everything you need because you have Jesus, the living Hope! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Colossians 1:17*; Ephesians 1:18**; Hebrews 13:23

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 186)

Don’t just sing about Jesus. Sing to Jesus. Worship Him. Lift Him up. Give Him glory. Elevate Him above everything and everyone!

The Lord came to your rescue so run to His resurrection. Don’t dwell on the death on the cross. Go to His salvation. Go to His deliverance. You are saved. You are free in Jesus’ name!

Fear is not a friend. End your friendship with fear and develop your relationship with faith. Do not fear because God is always with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

God has a wonderful purpose for your life. Ask Him for direction. Ask Him for more information. Get revelation about your destination. Trust Him. He has a plan to prosper you and to bless you!

Look for evidence of God’s goodness all over your life. It’s there. Thank God for His love for you and He will open your eyes to His mercy, grace and love for you.

The truth will always set you free even if you think it is keeping you captive at first. God knows best. He sees everything and He knows everything. His truth stands the test of time and the test of experiences. Trust in His truth!

God gives us new starts and He wipes away the bad breaks and the horrible experiences we had. He is the God of new beginnings and every day is an opportunity for Him to bless us in different ways. Enjoy your new day with God!

God steps into your darkness and turns on His light. God stands against your suffering and heals your wounds. God has a plan for your worries and your anxiety and He gives you peace. God is on your side all the time. Give Him a chance to show you He cares!

Find the worshipper in you and let him/her express himself/herself. Let the worshipper in you be all that the Lord wants you to be. Worship day and night. Don’t be weary. Give God the glory as much as you can!

God will satisfy you with His love. His love will shelter you and protect you. His love will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. Thank God for His eternal love for you. His love will never ever die!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:10; Psalm 86:15; 1 John 3:1

Run to joy

There is joy in the house of the Lord. There is no sadness and no grief in the Lord. He is a joyful Lord. I forget that at times. I don’t want to forget anymore. My source of joy is the Lord. I find joy in Jesus. My relationship with Him brings me joy. He is the king of joy and I will keep that in the forefront of my life. It is so easy to lose joy and to be defeated. One piece of news and all the joy is gone. One word, one thought and joy is nowhere to be found. It is during those times when we lose joy that we should be looking for it and running after it. I have run away from joy way too many times in my life because I either thought I didn’t deserve it or I didn’t feel like embracing it. You see, that is part of the enemy’s plan. He wants us all to run away from joy or to stay away from it.

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and when we don’t have joy, we are not giving the Holy Spirit a chance to spread His wings in us. Why should we have joy when things are not going well? That is a question the enemy uses to poison our thinking. He tries to make us feel guilty. There should be no guilt in being joyful in the midst of our trials. It is actually recommended behavior in the Word of God. The joy of the Lord is our strength. When everything is chaotic, we shouldn’t run away from our strength. We should run to it. We should run to the Lord in all circumstances, good or bad. Today I want to encourage you to run to joy. No matter what is going on in your life, run to joy. Run to Jesus!

What does running to joy look like? Where can we find joy when we don’t feel joyful at all? Jesus is joy. That was a hard reality for me growing up because I thought He was very somber and serious. He is the opposite. He radiates with joy and He is the incarnation of joy. Running to joy is running to Jesus. When I don’t feel well and joy seems to have vanished, I open my Bible. That is a safe place for me to find Jesus. I love reading the four Gospels and I focus on the red writings in my Bible. They are the words of Jesus. I read them and I meditate on them. I read them with the filter of love in mind. Love is behind everything Jesus says and does.

When I look at Jesus’ words, I sense the love and I sense peace. I also find joy in His words. There are so many encouraging promises in what He says and that encouragement fills me with joy. I tap into the joy of the Lord when I dive into His Word and I am grounded and at peace. Jesus is joy and running to Him means running away from anxiety and from fear. Running to joy means running to the strength that can get us all through the worst situations. When the going gets tough, we need joy. We need to connect with the King of joy and spend time with Him.

I spend time with Jesus every day. I enter His gates with gladness. My worship and praise sessions are filled with joy. When life tries to depress me, I get into praise mode. At first I have to fight though the emotions and the negative thoughts that attempt to paralyze me. I declare that I am not tied down to despair but I am slave to God’s joy. His joy haunts me. It invades me and it overwhelms me. I can’t get down on myself when the joy of the Lord is all around me. That amazing experience happens when I praise and glorify the Lord. That is how I run to joy. I run to joy through singing and celebrating. I do it when I don’t feel like it. It is the sacrifice of praise and it is always worth it.

I run to joy by removing the sadness that is in the way. I can’t do it on my own. Jesus helps me and He blesses me with joy when I stick with Him and hold on tight to His love. Run to joy, today, friend. There is great power in the Lord’s joy. It is hard to connect to it at times but don’t give up. Keep pressing and keep running after His joy. You will be blessed and you will find strength. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Nehemiah 8:10; Romans 15:13; Philippians 4:4

You are in good hands

Yesterday morning as I was getting ready for the day, some busy thoughts tried to occupy my mind. I rejected them. I knew I needed to pray. The thoughts were about things I had to take care of but the more I came up with things to do, the more my mind was overwhelmed. I also heard despair say, “How are you going to be able to do all this?” Before I even started praying the Lord spoke to my heart softly and said’ “But you are in good hands!” I am in good hands. I am in God’s hands. It is something I have known for a while but yesterday morning, it truly resonated. It hit me so strongly and it made me smile. Friend, we have Jesus. We are in good hands. We are in God’s hands. We can easily forget that when our minds get overwhelmed. What we need to do is overwhelm our minds with Jesus. He is the only One who can get us out of those paralyzing states of mind. He is the One who can remove worry and give us peace that is bigger than the lies of the enemy. The thoughts I was facing were lies but they appeared to be reality. They are reality in this world but the Lord we serve is out of this world and He is much more powerful than any negativity that lives in the world. I held on to the promise that I was in God’s hands all day yesterday.

When something bad arose yesterday, I used those simple yet powerful words. I said “I am in good hands because I am in God’s hands.” When I first started my current job, I had a great mentor. She went above and beyond to make sure that I was learning a lot and that I had all I needed. Some of my new colleagues asked me who my mentor was and when I told them, they all had the same reaction. They all said that I was in good hands. They were right. I was well-taken care of and I felt heard and respected. I knew I could always go to my mentor with questions and concerns and she always had a solution. Her positivity was through the roof. To hear her talk, you would think that nothing was impossible and there was always a way out of our most difficult situations. She believed that we could always find some help from somewhere.  When people ask us where our help comes from, we should automatically respond by saying that it comes from the Lord. We are in good hands with Jesus. We should constantly  introduce Jesus as our Savior. He is more than a mentor. His Spirit is a coach and counselor but He is not from this world so what He does is always excellent. Always expect excellence with the Lord. You are in excellent hands. You have an excellent Savior who has excellent answers and excellent solutions.

The Lord is like my mentor but exponentially bigger and better. He is in a category of His own. Not only can I go to Him with my questions and my concerns but I can rest assured that He already knows what they are. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. He can do all things and nothing can stop Him. Being in His hands means that I will never fail and His love will always prevail. It doesn’t mean that I will never have problems. It means that He has dealt with all my problems ahead of time and faith in Him will always give me the victory. We are so blessed, friend, to be in God’s hands. It is the best place to be. We are safe in His hands and secure. When things get out of hand, remember whose hands are holding you. You can always rely on Jesus. You have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. When bad thoughts come to mind, push them away with the reminder that you are in God’s hands. The enemy hates hearing that but it’s the truth. Let the Lord’s protective hands become your reality in the name of Jesus. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading:Isaiah 49:16; John 10:29; Acts 11:21

Deal with your head with Jesus

The other day I was very tired from a trip I had been on and overthinking was strong in my mind. At the same time “God thinking” was also strong. It was a tug o war between negative and positive thinking in my head. On one side I kept hearing, “What if this happens? How are you going to deal with this and that? How will you handle this?” On the other side the Holy Spirit in me was saying “You have Jesus so you have all you need.”

My mind was getting overloaded with the questions of the enemy and the doubt he was trying to instill in me. I decided to take what the Spirit was giving me and use it to tear down the lies of the enemy. The Holy Spirit suggested to deal with everything with Jesus. I spent time meditating on that. Here He was saying “Deal with your head with Jesus.” He recommended to face every lie and every doubt with the power of Jesus. How do we do that?

We need to tackle that inner dialogue and handle it with God’s care. It’s easy to let overthinking get out of control. It’s easy to go with the flow of those thoughts and end up stressed and defeated. I knew that the Lord didn’t want me to overthink and He didn’t want me to be passive. I couldn’t let myself be a victim here. I had to do something. Dealing with the negative chatter with Jesus was my best bet.

What I did was respond to the negative thoughts. That is how we should deal with them. My responses were verbal and they all involved Jesus. I inserted Jesus in everything I said. I used the Scriptures to silence the enemy. When Jesus was in the desert and the devil tempted Him, He responded with the Word of God. That is how, we believers, can face every lie and doubt by speaking Jesus against them. Jesus is the Word and there is power, wonder-working power in Him.

Some of the negative thoughts were about my new job and my finances. I told those thoughts that the Lord would supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. I declared that Jesus got me this far and He wasn’t about to leave me. I explained that Jesus is all I need and as I serve Him, He takes care of me. I had to respond with Jesus over and over again until I gave my faith a boost and He appeared to be bigger than the doubts. I pushed Jesus against the lies. There was spiritual and mental friction going on and you know the Lord always wins. I kept it up for a while until I was anchored in the truth that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Jesus helped me won that mental battle.

The goal is to put Jesus between the negativity and ourselves and always resort to Him. Friend, if you are being dragged down the aisles of despair in your mind, deal with the bad thoughts with Jesus. Let Him be the response you give the enemy. Jesus is your shield and your protection. He will help you deal with anything. Stay strong and stay encouraged in Him. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Peter 5:9; James 4:7

God has a better option

I went to one of my favorite coffee shops the other day to do some writing and to get breakfast. When I got to the place, they asked me if I was dining in. I said I was and much to my surprise they said that on weekends if you are eating by yourself you can’t eat in the main room because they get very busy and they reserve the seats for bigger parties. They told me I could take a seat in the lounge and sit on the cozy couch. I wanted to be in the room I am usually in so I wasn’t happy. I know the lady tried to make the lounge sound like a great place to be but in my heart I wasn’t having it.

I did comply and sat on the couch and as I sat down, I heard on the inside “Remember I always have better for you. Trust Me.” The lounge was indeed very comfortable and I loved it. It is now my favorite place to be when I go to the coffee shop. What happened illustrated how God always have something better for us. We can be used to a certain routine that He wants to change up for good reasons. What He has to offer is not always appealing but if we trust Him and we go with it, we will find out that His choice is better than ours.

You have probably read passages in the Bible about God’s plans for our lives. He has a plan for all of us. Now, you can see it as one plan with many parts or a series of plans for our lives. He is interested in every part of our lives so He has plans for every part of our lives. We can embrace the plans or we can reject them. On a small scale, His plan for me that morning was to find out about the lounge space and enjoy a new experience that has become my new normal at that coffee shop. It allowed me to see that the main room was too noisy and not as comfy even though it was nice. Now, I could have decided to walk out of the coffee shop and go somewhere else because of the frustration I was feeling.

I think we get to a point where we don’t understand that God has a better option and we walk out. We walk out and we decide to go our own way. We miss out on something better. God always has the best option and when we stay open to His suggestions, we open ourselves to what’s best. How do we know what God’s will is? In general we can find a great outline in the Bible. When it comes to smaller matters or to more detailed areas of our lives, we can trust the Holy Spirit and we can trust that if we pray for His will to be done, it will be done. The key is to pray to God and thank Him that His plan is always the best. Then we just need to walk in that truth and believe that His plans are unfolding in our lives.

I didn’t like how it felt to be turned down by the wait staff at the coffee shop. It felt like a slap in the face. I was tired and things got to me more easily. There was no reason to be frustrated and to be upset but my emotions and feelings tried to get the best of me. I thank God that I didn’t follow their lead and I just accepted the alternate spot I was given. Once again this is just an illustration. I am by no means comparing the waiters to God. When God gives us a better option, it can be very subtle and we have to go with our faith and trust Him. He doesn’t always plainly explain what His plan is and that is why we need faith. However, when we have blind faith in Him, everything works out for the best and we end up in a better place from where we started off. God is not the only One who has options for our lives.

The enemy has many options and they are all very bad. Some can seem more appealing than others and they often don’t appear to be negative at first. The only way we can avoid them is by praying for discernment and staying in faith like I said before. When you find yourself having to make a decision, put it all in God’s hands. Give Him free rein to provide His best option for you. Dear friend, God always has a better option. It’s coming. Keep trusting Him! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:11; Proverbs 16:9; Romans 8:28