Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees, Say to those who are fearful-hearted, Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.
Then, the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert
The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water, in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rashes.
A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it. But it shall be for others, Whoever walks the road , although a fool, shall not go astray.
No lion shall be there, Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it. It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, And the ransomed of the Lord shall return.
And come to Zion singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:3-10
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For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it. And those who love His name shall dwell in it.
A few years ago, I started a gratitude jar on New Year’s Day. It was similar to a gratitude journal. I had written one thing I was grateful for each day and penned my experience on a small piece of paper. Then, I dropped it in the jar.
Well, each day whether it was morning or night, I would add something to the jar I was grateful for. I didn’t exactly collect 365 pieces of paper by the end of the year but I did manage to fill up the jar at least three quarters of the way.
On New Year’s Eve, I dumped the jar and all the folded pieces of paper scattered across my bed. I began to read all the things that I did or went through the whole year. I had a flood of emotions of how faithful the Lord has been to me. I acknowledged the richness that life has to offer despite the challenges and difficulties. I even forgot some of the events and activities that took place such as the funny moments as well as the unexpected surprises. it gave me a fresh perspective on how to approach life and how to appreciate every moment given to us.
When you shift your perspective, it can transform your attitude. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things as much as the bigger things in my life. When you change your perspective on how you look at your life, you change your world. As the saying goes, “Gratitude is all about your attitude.”
I’m sure we all have something to be grateful for as we finish off the last quarter of this year. Hold onto your faith and keep trusting the Lord for whatever you need in this season. He is faithful.
As I laid in bed one morning, I was thinking of how the Lord operates. God is a God of overflow and abundance. God is currency and currency functions or operates in a continuous flow or movement. It is not stuck or stagnate. There is no time to resist but persist through opposition and the difficulties of life.
What are the patterns, beliefs, behaviors or mindsets that’s keeping you stuck or stagnate in your life? What resistance are you experiencing? Do you feel like the world is constantly moving but you’re standing still? What cycles keep you spinning your wheels while you exhaust your energy?
Take time to analyze your life. What do you need to change? Is there any fears attached to your thinking or actions? Bring those fears or insecurities to the Lord in prayer. Consult with the Father. Allow the Lord into the intimate areas where you feel or want to control everything. Be honest with yourself. Are there areas where you want to lead your life without the wisdom and direction of God? Are you rebellious or stubborn? The Lord cannot work in any areas of your life where you will not let Him in.
Call on the name of the Lord for help in those areas. Where you are weak, He is strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 It’s not always about praying and petitioning your request before the Lord. Sometimes, you just have to be still and listen. Wait patiently for direction, a new idea, a plan, or a solution. While you wait, continue to move forward in action. Faith without works is dead. James 2:14-26
It’s within the stillness you can hear His voice, not only physical silence but mentally and emotionally too. Do you have racing thoughts? Are you dealing with confusion and chaos in your mind? Pay attention to what you listen or watch that will rob or steal your peace. Guard your heart and mind. Set boundaries with the people around you. You may not be able to control your whole environment but you can decrease the amount of unnecessary stress or tension by not entertaining or participating in the other people’s drama or issues; in other words, mind your business.
Remain consistent in prayer and begin to make the changes needed. It’s a gradual process so be patient and take the steps needed to change and shift your life. Stay focused and seek clarity.
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
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2 Corth 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.