The other day one of my girlfriends said something that was just the reminder I needed, “you need to trust the timing of your life; trust that it will happen; claim it and believe it.” She was absolutely right.
Whether you believe this to be true or not, words have power. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”. Meaning, our tongue can be used as a weapon of destruction or as a fountain of life. It can restore or destroy relationships, families, reputations, careers, even your own health.
We are living in some very scary times. The fear is visible. The fear of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus; the fear of your loved ones getting infected; the fear of what the future holds financially; the fear of the unknown. It is controlling our every move and decision and it needs to stop. It’s making us sick!
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” – Proverbs 4:25
To focus means to center your attention in one direction. When we lose our focus, our motivation starts to fade which can make the quality of what we are doing, decrease.
Often times in life while listening to the voice of God and following His directions, somewhere down the road, we still allow people/circumstances cloud our vision – blinding and distracting us of moving forward.
Horses that pull wagons and carriages wear blinders. Have you ever wondered why? The purpose of these blinders is to prevent the horse from looking anywhere else but forward – it prevents them from becoming distracted or panicked by their surrounding. These horses are on a mission, meaning they cannot afford to be distracted. In life neither do you and me.
With all this being said, these past two weeks have been a challenge for me. I got somewhat discouraged by certain things that were happening and started to forget the reason of the season I am in. I quickly realized I needed to let go of the distractions and refocus my perspective. And just like the carriage pulling horses, I needed to put my blinders on.
Keeping focus is difficult. But taking your eyes off of God’s purpose is not an option. It will lead you in the wrong direction.
Where is your focus fixed on today? Anxiety? Discouragement? Hopelessness? Are you focusing on what is happening around instead of in front? Narrow down your focus. The moment you do, you close off but one line of thought – God’s. Let your eyes look straight ahead – not beside you, nor behind you but before you. Having a 2020 vision means having a perfect vision. Don’t lose your 2020 focus
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Have you ever looked back on your life and thought to yourself, “Wow! How did I survive all that?” Most of us have a story to tell reflecting God’s love and mercy and so did Joseph.
What if you were meant for more but you are settling for less? What if you were called to stand out but instead you are comfortable fitting in?
In a world where anything you want is just a click away; where food can be ordered through an app and delivered to your door in less than an hour, it can get frustrating when you’re asking God for something and all you hear is silence.
Unanswered prayers can trigger many emotions within us – from confusion to disappointment to anger. Often times these emotions not only show our lack of understanding of how God moves but it also leads us into thinking that He is not listening.
“If not now then when? If not me then who?” – John E. Lewis
It amazes me when I look at how far we are into this year already. We are more than halfway through 2019. Time literally waits for no one. The pace of life is speeding up and so should we. Especially when we are constantly delaying that which God has called us to do.
Letting go can be one of the most difficult things you get to do in this life. Whether it’s your past, a bad relationship, or that dream job you’ve always wanted — it’s not easy. However, in order for God to move on your behalf, it is necessary.
“Comparison is the thief of joy”
Comparison distorts our inner peace. It merges our attention towards our shortcomings while distracting us from what truly matters. It completely blocks our vision to see God’s perfect plan for our lives. But why? Why do we find the need to compare our life with that of someone else? Simple, because of our insecurities and fears. We compare because of our lack of self-worth.
During Moses’ first encounter with God (burning bush) in the desert, the Lord instructed him to go to Egypt to convince Pharaoh to free the people of Israel from slavery. Moses was horrified when God asked him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. According to Exodus 3:11″….Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
In other words, Moses was like, “Listen God, I don’t know if you know but I am not fit for this job.” Moses didn’t think he was good enough. Now, of course, God responded and said, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” – Exodus 4:11-12
Basically, God is telling Moses here, and you and I today, that it’s only because of Him that we can do all things. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord” Zechariah 4:6.
In conclusion, comparison prevents you to become the best version of yourself. Keep your focus on where God is leading you. Everyone’s walk in life is different. We all run in our own pace towards our purpose. Also, know who you are and Whose you are. You are the daughter of the Most High God; you are made in His image; you are chosen, holy, and loved; you are the head and not the tail; you are above and not beneath; you are clothed with strength and dignity and made for such a time as this. Don’t allow your joy to be stolen!
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