What God’s love taught me : Take it easy.

What God’s love taught me : Take it easy.

 

Shelwethu

 

In my spare time I love to use my hands to make creative diy projects. One of the skills I’ve been learning via The University of YouTube is sewing. I started sewing when I was still in high school but everything I made would turn out the opposite of what I had imagined. I was fed up with wasting money and fabric only to end up with nothing in the end so I quit sewing for a full year and convinced myself that maybe it just not my thing.Until last year when I had beautiful pants that didn’t fit me and all I had to do was downsize them. I was scared that it will be yet another project that I failed. But with hesitation I went on anyway and the project… wasn’t horrible.

I was still a little frustrated furious with myself for not getting it right (perfect). So I started picking every inch of my work apart, the stitch wasn’t straight enough, the cotton was too light until a small voice asked  ‘Why are you being so hard on yourself? ‘. First of all outside of  my YouTube teachers of course Iv’e never had someone teach me or show me how to sew, what stitches to use , when to use them and so on. I am practically a beginner I gave it my all and tried my best . I had to step back and be kind and more gentle with myself starting with the way I would talk to myself. I once read this quote  on instagram.

You talk to yourself in a way God never would.

I sat and thought to myself has God ever called me stupid? Or stop me from trying something because I’ll suck at it anyways. Of course not!

If I truly believe that love is gentle and kind, should I not be kind and gentle with myself first? I learned that I should allow myself the grace to figure things out without overly judging myself if I mess up , I should allow myself to make small steps of progress without keeping record of all my failures that is the kind of love that God taught me and that’s the kind of love I strive to give myself and others and I am a work in progress, and I am proud of that now.

 

Isaiah 64:8

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

While you are being gentle and kind with others don’t forget to be gentle and kind to yourself.Learn from God’s kindness and love.

 

Forget the map.

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I used to be the girl who planned everything, I mean everything I kind of still am. I knew what I wanted out of life , when I wanted it, how I wanted it, in what manner , condition basically I had everything figured out.But of course I came to the inevitable realization that not only do I have nothing figured out but I didn’t even know half of the story and to be honest is still don’t know.

So in realizing that I am not the one in control this cause a lot of anxiety, worry and fear because I had to accept that firstly I will never be in control but the most important thing is that God was teaching me to trust Him .

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know,recognize and acknowledge Him , and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 AMPC

Now I’ve read this scripture plenty of times , in fact I’ve told it to some friends but I was being reminded that when it all comes down to it, as much as I would love to map out everything and have it all work out exactly as I want it to, as much as I like to have some kind of control( okay maybe more than I care to admit) towards what happens in this journey of life the truth is I cannot and the more I try the more I will burden myself with unnecessary fear , worry and anxiety for the future. I just need to trust God.

When i used to hear this during sermons and at church I would think to myself “trusting God oh that’s easy!’ Yeah turns out it’s one of those easier said than done situations.So miss ‘ I got it all figured out’ is now miss ‘God lead the way and I will follow’ or at least learning to be. In my journey of learning to truly trust God I’ve learnt that , if you include God from the start, you don’t have to later carry everything on your own because you know that you walk not alone but you walk with Christ.

In one of my favourite songs at the moment – Follow _Nonso. This song basically speaks about how God’s spirit moves like the wind and how we don’t know where it comes from or where it even goes but we just follow, and that’s exactly what i’m learning to do. Instead of trying to figure it out, and follow my mapped plan, I choose to surrender to God’s will even thought I may not get it.

I hope you learn to surrender to God’s will even though you might not have a map.

Song: Listen to Follow? by Nonso on #SoundCloud

In His arms.

My weaknesses are a reminder of my imperfections

My imperfections remind me of Your grace

How great is Your love

that you call me Your child

how great is Your love

that you carry me in Your bosom

how great is Your love

that You never leave or forsake me

how great is Your love

that You strengthen me in my weakness

You uplift me

I can stand even when I am weak

because my strength comes from above

I will praise You all the days of my life

I ask that you keep me in Your dwelling

Glory be to God.

I am trying.

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What happens when you’re trying but see no results of your efforts.

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right , for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap , if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. (Galatians 6:9)

It can be discouraging when you’re genuinely trying to be better ,you’re trying to let go of that negative way of thinking, you’re trying to let go of that old bad habit, you’re trying to be a better person, but you don’t see any fruit of your trying. In Galatians we are told not to’ grow weary and faint’. Basically don”t give up. I know, I know easier said than done right.

So how does one grow weary and faint not?

  1. You’ve tried now trust.

I was watching an amazing sermon from Pastor Steven Furtick , and he said something like this – It’s not a trying thing it’s a trust thing. When you’ve been trying all along you eventually start to wonder ‘will this ever change?’ You have done all you know but things are just not getting better. Well you’ve already tried now it is time to trust, it’s time to trust that God has heard you, He’s seen your efforts and he will help you.A friend of mine sent me a short clip on instagram and the clip was talking about how we live in a microwave generation.If something does not happen in two minutes, or as fast as we would like it to happen we are over it. You pray for while and after not getting the answer you’re were looking for, you’re over it! We should be careful not to think God operates in our own timing, which brings me to my next point.

2.Patience .

Wait on God . Let go of your own expectations and rather wait expectantly on God, while still allowing yourself to enjoy the present moment.God sees you are trying to do better, to be a better person and He is going to help you and uplift you.[Isaiah 10:41] so if HE is not judging you , why do you judge yourself? Be kind to yourself and be patient with yourself ‘for in due time and appointed season we shall reap’,but you have got to keep pressing forward.

3. A little more praise.

One thing to never forget in any season of your life is to Praise and worship the Lord. Praise allows you to focus on God and and not your problem. Another thing I’ve been learning about praising God is that, it’s not only reserved for the jovial moments in your life when you feel like praising , even the not so amazing moments .

When you go down further down in the verse in Galations we are told to ‘not loosen and relax our courage and faint’. If we want to become the overcomers and warriors God has called us to be we need to learn to not loosen and relax our courage and cling to God , cling to hope, cling to faith, cling to praise and worship and do not loosen your grip. It can be tempting to just let go and walk away but hold on and keep pushing.

Too comfortable?

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As human beings who live in this world I’m sure we’ve all been through stormy days when things are just not going our way, when things are just not coming together.And as Christians we know we have the blessing of seeking God during these times for He will sustain and uphold us with His righteous right hand.

But what happens when things are actually going pretty good,and God starts blessing you with what you’ve always prayed for.You got that job you’ve always been praying for, you’ve got the business you’ve always envisioned or maybe emotionally your finally in a place of peace and rest.And you slowly start getting more comfortable in your blessing. If we are not careful the more comfortable we become in our blessing the more relaxed we can become towards our relationship with God.So maybe you stop praying as much as you used to, you stop spending as much time with God, you get more and more distant and before you know it, you lack enthusiasm for the things of God.

Gods word says that we are to seek him with all our heart ,mind and soul.

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
(Matthew 6:333)

Don’t get me wrong it’s okay to seek God when you are in the midst of the storm for the word says that we should cast our cares on Him for He cares about us (psalms 55:22).But let it not be the only time you seek Him.Seek Him in the rainy days, but also dance with Him in the sunny days too.For we should not treat God like a handy man who only specializes in fixing things. He’s so much more ,He is Yahweh the great “I AM” who wants to be in every step you take.( psalm 32:9)

So invite Him and His presence to your life make Him a part of even the things you think are small like while combing your hair thank him for giving you beautiful healthy hair, when you’re taking walks look around and take in his wonderful creation.

Every step you take, invite the Lord 🌻

God has a plan, but so do I.

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So you believe that God has a plan and it is to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a bright future just like it says in Jeremiah (29:11-13).
But what happens if you have a plan too?

Now as believers we have the choice believe that God has a plan for our lives as it is written in the word ,but we also need to understand that sometimes the plan you have may not align with God’s plan which ultimately will lead to more joy and fulfillment for He knows the desires of your heart.You might want to be a singer but God has not equipped you to sing ,maybe He has equipped you to paint or draw, but if you spend all you time trying to perfect singing you might never discover your painting abilities , if you attach yourself to your own plans and leave out God you might miss what God has in store for you-being so preoccupied in trying to ensure that your plan goes through, that you become completely distracted from God’s plan.

Remember what Jesus said?

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 KJV

Jesus speaks of denying yourself setting yourself aside and going after Him and yes that includes setting your plans aside to pursue God’s plan for your life. It means putting God’s plans before yours, because sometimes you will find that your plan and God’s plan is different.

Let’s not believe God’s word only when it’s convenient, let’s not only believe He has a plan when we are under the impressions that it is exactly what’s in our head, we need to believe even when we don’t understand what may be going on.

Now am I not saying walk around and have no goals and just float around with unintentionally in your life, absolutely not! What I am saying is have plans, have goals but don’t attach yourself to them to the point where you become rigid and immovable-that you can’t even receive direction from God anymore.The word says we are his clay and He is the potter( Isaiah 64:8)but when we are too focused on ourselves and our own plans we become like rock and rock cannot be molded .So yes God has a plan but it might not always be exactly as you thought.

Lukewarm coffee.

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So one of my favorite scenes from the movie War Room is the lukewarm coffee scene.Basically what happens in this scene is that miss Clara and Elizabeth are sitting having a conversation, and during the conversation miss Clara gets up to go get coffee. She then asks Elizabeth while pouring them coffee”So if I asked you what your prayer life was like would you say that is was hot or cold?”

Elizabeth responds buy saying that her prayer life isn’t hot and isn’t cold either ,it’s in the middle warm.So miss Clara makes her way back to where they were seated and hands Elizabeth coffee.However as Elizabeth drinks to her bewilderment her coffee was warm! With the assumption that miss Clara seemed to appreciate warm coffee she asked miss Clara if she liked her coffee room temperature. Miss Clara said jokingly, “no my coffee is hot!” Classic!

But what she said after this got me thinking, she said “people drink their coffee hot or cold but nobody likes it warm, not even the Lord”

I mean did you catch that tea!

As Christians we should know that the Lord didn’t call us to live lukewarm Christian lives ,have lukewarm peace or lukewarm joy no! The Lord called us to have life and have it in abundance ,so why have a lukewarm prayer life?

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

John 10:10 AMPC

But maybe you’re wondering why is prayer so important anyway?

Well firstly that’s how we stay connected to our creator, our Shepard, the Lord.The Lord wants to spend time with us, we are His children, He loves us in more ways than we will ever understand.He wants to see us prosper in every way you can think, not only that but He wants to have a close intimate relationship with us and how will that happen if you don’t even talk to Him?Or maybe you talk to Him once in a while.I mean if we have time to text or call the people we love, then surely we should have time to spend talking to the Lord.

Another reason is that we a have real enemy that is out here seeking to devour us and he will take any opportunity that he can get!(1 Peter 5:8)That’s why it’s so important that we know our weapons so we can fight against him.One of those being prayer, we need to be more intentional about the way we pray, pray from the heart and surrender your all to God.

Those are just some of the reasons I mentioned ,so after pondering on miss Clara’s question I realized I needed to make my own adjustments in my prayer life.I decided to start taking small steps to heating up my prayer life because I wasn’t feeling the lukewarm coffee either. So I started praying with more consistency, asking the Holy Spirit to guide me in my words. And little buy little I’m making progress everyday.And I’m loving the results!

In the voice of Mrs Clara ” So if I asked you what your prayer life was like would you say that is was hot or cold?”

War room:Lukewarm Scene

( https://youtu.be/6jfOQ4-whSI )

The lord is my Shepard.

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The lord is my Shepard..

The lord is my Shepard I shall not be in want of peace.

In the middle of chaos and confusion you made me lie down green pastures , you lead me to still waters reminding me of your peace that transcends all understanding. I’m able to walk in hope and faith knowing that good things are to come even in the midst of the storm, I am able to stand tall with my head raised high knowing that joy comes in the morning I don’t understand everything you do in my life, but I don’t have to anymore ,I trust that you have a plan that seeks to prosper me and not harm me.Every step I take I will live and have my being in you.I will surrender to whatever you are doing because you are the Shepard and I am your sheep so lead the way I know that you got this!

Trusting God in the process.

Qoute about trusting God in the process of not knowing anything.

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I am grateful for the process.

The process of change and growth can be an uncomfortable one.Through my journey i have learnt that the process requires patience, kindness and time.

Be patient with yourself. Things are changing you are growing becoming a better you, becoming more like Christ buy the day.Allow the uncomfortability but also open your heart to the process,open your heart to God and submit all that you are to Him.God wants to shape and mold you ,He wants to help you and uplift you with His righteous right hand, let go and let God.💫

As you open yourself up to change, be kind to yourself when you make mistakes,get up and fail forward.God has graced us with his unconditional love through his Son, He will forgive you learn to forgive yourself.

And lastly understand that it takes time, so don’t rush yourself to the finish line, appreciate the lessons you are learning now, appreciate the steady transformation you see happening to you.God is not giving up on you, so please don’t give up on yourself!

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9

Keep walking in faith that God got you, because he does! 💫

Keep on singing.

#dailydevotions#beyourself

You are like an instrument.You produce you own special melody, your own special sound.Some will love it and some will hate it.We all want to be appreciated for our special tune and connect with others.But the reality is not everyone is going to feel your tune, not everyone is going to like your melody.And that’s cool.Just be yourself, don’t change your tune for others the right people will come and sing along with you.God created you the way you are for a reason.

The world needs your melody so keep on singing.🧡💛💙