I like to smile big for the bitter bitches that don’t like me because I’m an asshole like that.
Don’t be the girl that complains so much she doesn’t notice a blessing even when it’s staring right at her.
I survived because the fire inside of me burned brighter than the fire around me.
Shout out to the guys that actually give a fuck about the girl they say they give a fuck about you’re rare. you’re dope. you deserve morning sex and breakfast.
No one likes to wait, but have you ever wondered why? Perhaps it’s because delays show us that we are not in control. Someone or something else is calling the shots. Although we may be able to identify the immediate cause—like a traffic light or the long checkout line—ultimately the One who controls all our delays is the Lord. Since He is sovereign over everything in heaven and on earth, even our time and schedules are in His hands.
This means that in every delay, we are actually waiting for God in one way or another. You might have thought that the expression “waiting upon the Lord” applies only to seeking guidance from Him or an answer to prayer. But it can mean so much more when you remember that He controls all your day-to-day inconveniences and frustrations.
In the Christian life, learning to wait is vitally important because until you do, you’ll never be able to walk in obedience to God, have an effective prayer life, or experience the peace of resting in His loving sovereignty. We must learn to trust His judgment—not just about the big events in our lives but also about trivial ones, which can cause us to become irritated, impatient, or even angry. If we are sensitive to His instruction, each delay has an important lesson.
The next time you face an unexpected or unwanted wait, remember that it comes as no surprise to God. He wants to teach you patience and increase your faith. He’s more interested in developing godly character than He is in making sure your schedule runs according to your plans.
Fear creeps into our life and wraps itself around our mind and heart. This can happen so subtly that we don’t recognize how anxiety has affected our decision making, our health and our spirit. Ultimately many people miss God’s best because apprehension keeps them from stepping out in faith to do His will.
The fear may seem unimportant at first but left unchecked it begins to interfere with our life. Physically we may experience tension that keeps us from relaxing and enjoying the day’s pleasures. Mentally our mind may be clouded by fear which can limit what we are willing to think about and consider. If that should happen our dreams and creativity will almsot certainly be stifled.
But the mental paralysis that often accompanies unchecked fear is most dangerous to our spiritual life. Unless it is entrusted to God a single fear can easily rule over us coloring our attitude with a general sense of disquiet. We become indecisive worried that we will make the wrong choice. So we are trapped trying to avoid anything that might make us anxious. Consequently we stop growing and are usually hindered in our work and family life too.
If you allow yourself to be paralyzed by worry you can’t be placing complete trust in God and following Him wholeheartedly. Make an honest assessment of your life and ask the Lord to reveal places where fear is holding you back.
How can you be sure you’re making the right decision? Sometimes it may feel as if God plays hide and seek when you’re trying to know His will, but that’s not the way He operates. The heavenly Father wants to give His children clear direction. The real question is, What do you need to do to hear His voice?
CLEAR THE PATHWAY. We have 2 main obstacles that hinder our discernment: sin in our life and our strong desires about the situation. To receive the Lord’s guidance we must repent of all known sin and make our desires secondary to His.
EXERCISE PATIENCE. Sometimes it takes a great deal of strength to stand still when everything within you is shouting “HURRY!” Time is running out! But if you rush ahead of God you may miss His will.
PERSIST IN PRAYER. The Bible clearly instructs us to keep coming to the Lord with our concerns. As we continue to pray He will gradually weed out anything confusing until we come to His conclusion about the matter.
SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES. The Word of God has an answer for every need and the Holy Spirit knows just how to point us in the right direction. I remember times while I was reading the Bible that a verse jumped off the page and supplied the exact answer I needed to make an important decision.
So often when we’re faced with a critical choice, all we want from the Lord is a quick answer. But He delights to meet with us in order to deepen our relationship with Him. Don’t let the urgency of your need keep you from enjoying the intimacy of God’s presences as you seek His will.
Think back to when you first came to God. Did you understand what to expect? The church’s missions is to faithfully proclaim the gospel, but we also have the responsibility to teach new believers how God works in our life once we are saved.
The first thing we can anticipate after salvation is to grow closer with the Lord. As with any relationship, this requires 2 way communication. We come to know and love God through His word, and in prayer we share our live with Him. As our understanding of Him deepens, trust will increase. We’ll see we have no reason to worry, because our Father always provides for our needs, whether phsyical, emotional or spiritual.
We can also expect clear guidance, if we align ourselves with His will and ways He promises to direct our path. At times His guidance is corrective, He also reminds us of scriptural truths and encourages obedience.
Difficulty can be another result of following Christ. Problems don’t just fade away once we come to Christ. In fact, everyone who chooses a godly lifestyle can expect misunderstanding, resistance, and even persecution. Furthermore believers aren’t exempt from the trials that afflict all of humanity.
As you begin a New Year of walking with Jesus remember you’re never alone in your struggles. And with Christ’s strength you can confidently face whatever comes your way.
Look around you. While many may be enjoying the festivities of Christmas some are still holding on to bitterness & disdain but don’t be surprised – the problem isn’t the season it’s the Savior. Our need for salvation reminds us of our own shortcomings and inability to redeem ourselves.
This isn’t the first time that Jesus stirred up antagonism in someone’s heart. Herod was troubled when he heard that the magi were looking for the King of the Jews. When they didn’t return to report the location of the Christ child he became enraged and slaughtered all the male children in Bethlehem who were 2 years of age and under.
What is it about Jesus that causes some people to feel such hostility? Herod’s fury was fueled by his desire for power and control. He didn’t want another king no matter how small to dethrone him. People today scorn the celebration of Christ’s birth for the same reason- they don’t want anyone else ruling their life.
Romans 1:18 says that people who reject Jesus Christ have suppressed the truth. The Lord pointed out that those who fear their deeds will be exposed as evil won’t come to the Light. However we should never assume that salvation is impossible for someone who is hostile to Jesus. After all the apostle Paul was an aggressive persecutor of the church until his conversion.
Sometimes people who resent Christianity and Christmas may seem unreachable to us but remember no one is beyond the reach of Jesus.