1 Peter 5:9, “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
I am thankful for the family of believers that we have because we are able to support and encourage one another in our faith. It is a blessing to have fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are praying for me and standing on the Word of God just as I am. All of your writings here on WordPress also bring me much inspiration and help my faith to stay strong, thank you for sharing your heart through your blog posts and comments. I pray we would all continue to stand firm against the tricks of the enemy and be strong in our faith in God.
Thank you for the family of believers here on WordPress and around the world. Keep us in your perfect peace as we keep our minds fixed on you. No matter what we may be facing, help us to stand firm against the enemy and be strong in our faith. Help us to be quick to call out to you for help in times of need. You are our ever present help in times of trouble and thank you for hearing our prayers.
Joshua 1:5, “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”
The simple truth that God is always with us allows us to keep persevering day by day. When He is on our side, who can stand against us? We all face numerous obstacles, but His love and strength carry us through. It’s difficult because we don’t always understand why things happen or what is happening, but we know He is directing our steps as we trust Him. He will somehow make a way and cause all things to work out for our good because we love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
I have been in awe at God’s perfect timing in my life. First, going all the way back to when I left Florida, in November 2019, and about two months later, the pandemic started. But He allowed me to relocate here to Virginia and start working in February 2020, just in time plus I was able to be closer to my mom and help her out. Second, He lead me to start graduate school in May 2020 and now I just completed my program a week ago, this was the perfect time to finish up school so I can have extra time to focus on other things. Third, this past April, the Lord blessed me with a new home and He allowed it to be in the perfect location. My goal is to turn the house into a rental one day, and help someone else have an affordable home. Fourth, in June, I ended up with two blood clots but God allowed them to be treated before further damage could occur. Plus my daughter returned home from Spain, a week later, which was perfect timing so she could help me and my mom, who has had many health challenges, over the last couple of years especially. Fifth, just this past week, I had a medical procedure done which I am currently recuperating from. And prayerfully it will bring me much relief from an issue I have had for awhile. And lastly, I am also thankful that my daughter just landed a new job after being back in the states less than two months.
Through all of these things, God has remained faithful. He has never left my side and I pray you remember that He will never leave yours. As we endure the trials of this life, our faith gets stronger and we come to better understand who God is and how He works. When He is on our side, who can stand against us?
Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I believe this is one of those great verses we often hear but at times struggle to apply it to our lives. It can be difficult to muster up the faith to believe God can and will do the impossible. Everyday He calls us to believe and walk courageously by faith, even when something seems impossible. God is calling us to not put limits on what He wants to do in us and in our lives. With Him, all things are possible. So go ahead and believe!
Several weeks ago, I was in the bank, (which I rarely go inside the bank), and witnessed the excitement of a teen girl cashing her first paycheck. When she got the cash in her hand, she proudly and excitedly exclaimed, “I did it, my first paycheck!” It reminded me how we should not take anything for granted in life. Something that we may have been doing for years, such as working and getting a paycheck, is a blessing from the Lord. Her excitement was a reminder to always be thankful for the blessings we receive, no matter how big or how small.
We live in an electronic society and it is rare nowadays to even have a paper paycheck in our hands. But seeing and hearing that teen girl that day brought smiles to all of us who were waiting behind her in line. I pray the reality of God’s blessings in your life, would fill your heart with joy and bring a smile to your face today.
1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT, “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.”
At work on Friday, when I flipped my calendar to April, there was a picture of a beautiful mountain. I felt God speaking to me, telling me that as Christians, we should be strong like a mountain. Mountains don’t bow down, they stand tall and strong no matter what they go through. The strength we have comes from God, we do not have to be strong on our own. He will equip us for whatever we must endure, and in our weaknesses, His strength is made perfect (2 Cor 12:9). Then a little later that same day, the breathtaking Mt Fuji appeared on my computer screen as a background. Again, I was reminded that in Christ Jesus, we can stand tall and be strong like a mountain.
I pray that even in your weakest moments, you will rely fully on the strength of Christ Jesus to carry you through. Look to Him always, He is your strength.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
Everyone needs encouragement, now more than ever. We need to ask God regularly to keep us aware of those around us. A kind word or simple act of kindness, can make a big difference in someone’s day. Most of us are dealing with some type of pressure in life and keeping each other encouraged helps to make the load a little easier. We live in a world that is extremely connected, yet extremely disconnected. The availability of technology has been a blessing and a curse. Suicide is on the rise and many people feel isolated, even when others are around. We need godly wisdom to help us navigate the tough terrain. As we face these perilous times, be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). Stay encouraged!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
I can never hear this verse enough. Everyday we are to give thanks regardless of what we must endure. God will open our eyes to see the blessings in the midst of life’s storms. Thankfulness helps us to see things from God’s perspective. We may not understand why things happen as they do; but, we don’t have to understand everything. Instead, we can choose to trust God through everything.