God’s Plans are not Our Plans

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
It’s funny how we always sit and plan for our Future, imagine our wedding day, how many children we will have, where we will stay and the type of job we wI’ll have. But we never for a second wait and ask ourselves if those are God’s plans for us. We are always too quick to decide and conclude on what we have decided on.
We have a full life plan all planned out for our lives. Some of us have planned what we want to do with our adult lives since we were little children. While some of us only figured out our plan during our varsity years. Where ever you stand on the spectrum, you probably have some idea of what you want the rest of your life to look like. And you probably feel like a failure when you realise that, those plans might not come to pass.

We are nearing the end of 2018 and it’s a crazy time of the year. Everyone is rushing around trying to fulfil all the plans they declared in the beginning of this year, because many times the plans we lay out don’t always follow through the way we would like for them to, and because of that many of us are going a little crazy, as we love to be the architect of our lives.
Every new year comes with even more new plans and resolutions that many of us are so determined to see happen or accomplish. We make a list, we write everything down in our journals, books, our phone’s or we simply promise ourselves that one specific thing is going to happen for us, the way we want it to happen. We pray about it and often ask God to help us reach our goals and to help our plan along. However, what happens when that perfect little plan falls completely apart?

What we always fail to see is that we never include God is our planing. We always think for ourselves and think we know what is right for us and what we deserve.

We need to know and Remember that the plans we have for our lives are radically different from the plans God has set in stone for us when He formed us. We must remind ourselves of that. We must trust in the Lord because He will light the way. He will make straight our paths. He loves us and He wants only the best for us.

when a plan does not come to pass the way you imagined, trust in God and have faith that God is aware of your situation and that He is planing something bigger and better for you. Know that God is actually in the center of what we call failure and is doing something even greater than we could have imagined. God is closer to us in the middle of our failed plans, He is guiding us toward a greater plan.

I know that it’s hard to trust in a plan we cannot physically see or one we didn’t plan ourselves but God would never lead us down the wrong path. God’s plan’s are never easily revealed to us. He wants us to grow closer to Him by learning to completely trust in His plans without knowing what those plans are. Because when we place all our trust in the Lord, we aren’t scared of the outcomes of the hidden plans He has for us.

So, those plans you have made that you hold so close to your heart, maybe let them go just a little bit. Know that God’s plan is even more amazing and holds more promise than your own.

Know that Our God is a God that sees the Future and we can’t. We can take educated guesses, but God knows for certain what will happen tomorrow, next week, and for years to come.

Allow God to be the architect of your life
Signed
#WhenGraceFoundMe#

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God is Never Late

There are days and moments where I find myself doubting that God is never late to show up in my life. I have prayed and continue to pray and nothing seem to be coming my way. I asked myself questions, questions that I needed answers to but no one could answer them.

A mental battle between what is true and what is false begin within me. I knew the promises God had for me but I still had strong feelings of doubt. Doubt towards God and His promises.

At times we tend to think that when Jesus doesn’t show up on our schedule, He is not with us. That He has forsaked us, all because we want Jesus to work on our time and schedule. We have God on our personal timeline. If He doesn’t come through when we think He needs to, we automatically assume that God does not love us. Remember that God is not bound by our concepts of time. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. God’s time is the best time and the right time.
We never want to accept that Jesus works on His own terms and conditions.

Look at the story of Lazarus

Lazarus was suck and His sisters Mary and Martha sent a word to Jesus to come to Bethany (John 11:1–3). But Jesus does not go right away. He delays. In fact, Jesus waits two days until Lazarus is dead (John 11:4–7, 11, 14)  because Jesus knows exactly what He is about to do. God is never late. Even when He knew that Lazarus was sick, Jesus waited two days before going to see the situation.

Jesus is a man that is not moved by the current situation even when he heard that His good friend Lazarus has passed on, He did not panic but continued with what He was doing for He knew that at the time He would depart to Lazarus house.

At the right time Jesus left for Lazarus house and He knew exactly what He was going to do when He got there. Jesus never wasted anytime in resurrecting Lazarus.

But when Martha heard that Jesus was approaching the village, she went to meet him. I can see Martha with hurt and sorrow on her face telling this to Jesus “Lord, if you had being here, my brother would not have died”. Like many of us today we are too quick to judge a situation, that we end up confessing failure.

Martha did not know the end of the story, like we don’t know the plans God has in store for us. She had no idea what Jesus was about to do and she did not expect Jesus to raise Lazarus from the dead.  Like us today we have given up on life and all the promises that Jesus promised us.

We need to always remember that no matter how bad we might think our current situation is, no situation is bigger then our God. Jesus said that “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25–26).

Do not be moved by the trials, setbacks, breakheart, disappointments of this world. Stand fast on God’s Word. Do not think that God is not with you just because the situation looks grim. Remember the stories of Abraham, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and Mary and Martha. Keep your faith to the end.

God has his own sense of timing. With the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8). He has perfect timing, never early, never late. God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time.

God is always on time.

Signed
#WhenGraceFoundMe#

The Potter and the Clay

The Potter and the Clay

Recently I have been thinking that time is no longer on my side, still single at my age and nothing seems to be coming my way. I allowed the desires of my flesh take control of me and i found myself craving for the things of this world. The very things I had left behind when God took my out of my Egypt. The Egypt I’m talking about today could be that sin that always holds you prisoner in your own life. You could have been addicted to doing acts of sexual immorality, drinking, lying, unforgiveness, lusting for things of this world, the acts are endless.

I found myself in a mental battle between my heart and flesh. My heart knew the truth of what I was desiring for was not the Will of God for my life at that moment. But the flesh was also fighting back, wanting a share of me too.

This lead me to this scripture

Jeremiah 18:1 – 6
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

This scripture reminded me of how God can change and decide otherwise with regards to our lives if we are not obedient enough to His Words and Commands. God is the potter and we are the clay. We are on the wheel and God is shaping us into what He thinks is best and what He wants us to become. It does not matter what I desire for my life, what matters is what God thinks and desires for my life.

Yes I’m still single and at times it does get a little frustrating, when all I see around me are couples that look happy and friends that are progressing and i feel like I’m still stuck in my Egypt.

I think at times we forget that we are just mere clays and we have no saying at all as How God moulds us, we often see ourselves more in the role of the potter than the clay.

Question

How many times have you found yourself in a situation where God wants you to watch and wait and see how the clay will turn out?

Do you patiently observe, wait for God to speak? Or do you get impatient while waiting for God, and move along, missing the opportunity to hear, and see, God’s blessing for you? How often have you missed a blessing from God simply because you were in hurry? Something very interesting happened while Jeremiah was waiting for God to speak.

While Jeremiah watched, the clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand. That is us today. When God is busy preparing something extraordinary for our lives, we decide that we have waited too long and we move from that place of receiving and the plans that God had for our lives becomes spoiled like the clay that was in Potter’s hands. The vessel( which is our lives) was not ruined by the Potter, but rather by imperfections in the clay.

This is important because the Bible does not say the Potter ruined, or spoiled the clay. The clay became ruined while it was spinning in the Potter’s hands, but it was not ruined because of the Potter’s hands. God today is at work wanting to bless us but we can’t wait upon His perfect timing. But because He is a faithful Lord, He never forsakes or leave us no what how much we sin against Him.

It’s interesting to note that the potter did not throw away the ruined clay. The potter simply started over with the same lump of clay. The potter pounded the clay back into a lump and began the process again. The Bible gives the impression that the potter then shaped the clay into a different vessel than before. The clay was remade into a vessel shaped by the Potter’s will.

Let us learn to wait upon the Potter to finish moulding us into beautiful vessels, so that He does not have to start all over again when blessings are just so close to us.

We need to remember at all times that we as the clays are completely dependent on the Potter to be shaped. We as the clays do not pick the shape in which we wish to be fashioned into. The shape which the Potter picks is the one simply because it pleased the Potter to pick that particular shape. We often decide what we want to be, what we want to do, and come up with the timeline, we want God to do it in. In other words, we want our will to be done and not God’s will. The clay however has no say in what shape it will eventually take. The Potter knows what he needs and what he wants, and shapes the vessel as He pleases.

The potter shapes and molds the clay; the clay does not shape and mold itself.

Rejoice in that season of loneliness, of singleness, The Potter is watching and is aware of your season.

Signed
#WhenGraceFoundMe#

There No Mistakes In God’s Plans For Your Life

Genesis 1:27NIV
(So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.)

Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
(Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.)

Isaiah 44:2NIV
(This is what the LORD says he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you. Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen)

This are just few of the verses that shows that God formed us for a greater purpose and He did not make a mistake when forming you. You are not a mistake.

Our birth was no mistake, mishap, or a fluke of nature. Our parents might have not known God’s plans for our lives, but God did. He was not at all surprised by our births. In fact, God expected it. So even now whatever you are going through God knows about it and He has your back covered.

Everything that is taking place right now in your life has already happened in the mind of God. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that yoh are going through hard times. You are alive because God wanted to create you!

God prescribed every single detail of our lives. He deliberately chose the current situation we are going through, the color of our skin, our hair, and every other feature. He custom-made our bodies just the way He wanted it. He also determined the natural talents we would possess and the uniqueness of our personality. The Word of God says:
You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something (Psalm 139:15)

Because God made you for a reason, He also decided what will happen in our life. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death.

The Word of God says, You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe.
(Psalm 139:16)

God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for His purpose. Nothing in your life is arbitrary. It’s all for a purpose.

Most amazing, God decided how you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances God had a plan in creating you. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich,poor, healthy, sick, educated or uneducated. God knew what we possess.

There are no illegitimate children. Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God. God’s purpose took into account human error, and even sin.

God never does anything accidentally, and He never makes mistakes. He has a reason for everything He creates. We were designed with a purpose in mind.The Word of God says:
(Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love)
Ephesians 1:4

God loves and values us. Our lives has profound meaning. We discover that meaning and purpose only when we make God the reference point of our lives.

We all go through hardships, in fact, no one is immune. I know first hand, how hardship can lead to circumstances and troubles that seem very grim. Understand that in the midst of our troubles, God understands and He can turn our mistakes and hardships into miracles. All because He is a Good good Father to us.
Maybe you have done wrong things. You’ve made some wrong choices. You’ve done what you knew you shouldn’t do and now you’re suffering the consequences of those mistakes. Regardless of any mistakes or hardship, you must turn it into a beautiful experience. if you will turn to God, He is prepared to take your mistake, your awful circumstance, and turn it into a miracle.
A great example of how God can work in a miraculous way is the story of Joseph ( Genesis 37-47)

Joseph’s brothers hated him and threw him into a pit. Then they sold him as a slave, and he was taken to a foreign country. People lied about him, and as a result, he was thrown into prison. Many bad things happened to Joseph. But God took care of him through it all. And in the end he became the prime minister over all of Egypt. The Lord took all the tragedy in Joseph’s life and turned it into a wonderful miracle that not only blessed Joseph but ended up saving the lives of his family and countless others in the land of Egypt and throughout the known world.

God has not changed. He can do the same thing for you. Regardless of the circumstance you’re in, with God on your side, you can’t lose.

Remember that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

And all things includes your failures, your mistakes, and even the attacks of the devil.

God has given us the Will to endeavor whatever comes our way.

Signed
#WhenGraceFoundMe#

The Importance and Danger of Sexual Immortality among Us as Christians

Sex was meant as wonderful experience between husband and wife to provide physical, emotional and spiritual bonding.

I think most Christians would agree that having sex before marriage is wrong. After all, Scriptures are very much evident enough in the topic over and over again.

God gives us very clear guidance in His Word on how we can best experience the gift of intimacy and love that He has given us through sex.

I know this is a subject many of us as Christians prefer to swipe under the rug and pretend that the dirt is not seen by anyone but by only you…

We act all perfect and holy in front of those that we are too quick to call as pagan’s. But really are we in any position to be pointing fingers at others as we as Christians are partaking in the very impure acts there are doing.

Question?

Who’s better than the other????

2 Corinthians 12:21

(21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.)

Ephesians 5:3

(3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.)

1 Corinthians 6:18
(18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.)

We are too quick to say that but I’m only having intimacy with one person so that does not amount to sexual immortality. We have gotten to a point where we are so warm in our sinful nature that we try to make our conscience clear with silly theories.

Question?

Has that so called Union been blessed in the presence of God where there was a ceremony of the joining of the two souls to becoming one in Front of God?

Yes I will be the first to admit that sometimes because we live in a world that is dirty and full of sinful acts. We tend to experiment at a very young age and end up doing things that are against the Will of our Father Christ Jesus.

We want to know what it’s like to have sex before marriage? Not knowing that we are building a big wall between us and God, a wall we wonder if we’ll ever break through.

We have all met people whether they were our boyfriend’s or girlfriends that it did not take us long to develop a big crush on them and by the time we knew it, we were kissing each other. In no time we were fooling around, doing more than we should, on a pretty regular basis.

We can’t believe that someone as attractive as them finds us to be cute was out of this world and we wanted to do anything and everything all so wrong to keep them happy and in our lives.

We end up going against our morals and what our parents taught us. We allow the emotions of Lust take control of our flesh and for the very first time in our lives, we actually felt beautiful, even sexy. We force our conscience to shut down when it tells us, we were going too far physical.

Now let me tell you, there is nothing in this world that is more enjoyable, fun like SIN!!! And it comes with a very strong feeling of temptation.

Television and movies have made it seem like sex is just this fun, romantic thing that doesn’t really matter. But Sex does matter and it has affected many of us, more than we can ever dream it could. It has changed many relationships. It has destroyed many marriages, And most importantly it has changed our relationship with God.

There is nothing more demeaning, like having sexual immortality as a Christian while knowing the truth. You feel too ashamed to even talk to God, and the enemy will very much capitalize on that. You will feel impure and won’t have the power much less to ask God for help and forgiveness. And it’s in those every moments that the wall start to go up, the wall we thought would hide us from God.

We start to carry the guilt, we felt after having sex was overwhelming. But Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep us from doing it again. Instead, we try to justify what we are doing. We tell ourselves its not a big deal, that it was just a physical act.

Until we come to a point where we can’t look ourselves in the mirror and it start to bother us a lot.

Months later the relationship does not work out like most of them that you have had. You could hardly look yourself in the mirror. When you did, you saw someone dirty, impure, someone who couldn’t control herself, someone who was slapping God in the face on a regular basis.
But because our Father is so ever patient with us, He waits upon us to realise that our hope was to turn back to Him and repent for what we have done.

But because we are in a spiritual and not a physical fight. The enemy will try show you how much you have sinned against God and that there was no repentance for you. Even reading the Word of God, seems like not an option. You will fInd a verse about sexual immorality that just makes you realize how much you have disappointed God. You can’t even pray.

God is ready to accept us in our sinful natures. Long as we have repentance hearts.

Let us today as Christian women, whose sole desire is to do the Will of God enjoy having an entire bed to ourselves while we can! Some people hate going to bed alone, but I say relish in it, because the poor men, we will marry us are gonna be fighting us for bed space.

Signed
#WhenGraceFoundMe#

When You Start Blaming Yourself for been Single

So it has been four years when my yesterday left me broken, damaged, hurting and lost. I never thought that I would actually make it out of that deep dark pit of sarrow.

It took me years of sweat, crying, been in denial to finally accept that he is no more and that I was left alone to account for our daughter. You see it was through the Word of God and finding the strength and support from my family and my new found family in Christ to get to where I’m today.

But out of nowhere your yesterday appears and tries to shakes things, you might not have allowed the shake to swing you from side to side but you definitely felt the impact of the shake.

Today we as single Christian women are at war with ourselves. The war starts when we finally realise that we have been single for so long and nothing is changing. We start to wonder and starting asking God questions that we feel we deserve answers to!!

Question I asked myself while lying in bed crying my eyes out feeling less of a woman was this:
Does a woman’s relationship status really define her?

Is being single a disease or an indication of something “wrong” with me?

At most times we end up blaming ourselves for failing to make the past relationship work, we start to come up with theories that will make us feel good for a second like, If only I was more submissive, or if I did what he requested of me. The list is endless of the excuses we make for ourselves.

We blame ourselves for being single but why are we at fault for not being married, as if marriage was something we just buy at the stores.

To all My beautiful God Fearing single sisters, as daughters of the Most High God, the One that created the very Boaz, Adams, Ribs, Perfect Ten we are praying for, He is working out your story beautifully, so rejoice in that.

I know this can get frustrating for us matured christian woman, who are ready for marriage that we can’t find the right guy.

Know that you are someone Eve, Ruth, Esther
Let us not be those Many Christian women who want a man that knows where he is going, but God’s men usually don’t have a clue.

Think about all the great men in the Bible that had relationships with God and who He used and blessed. They usually didn’t have a clue about where they were going and even if they had a clue, their lives for a long time did not reflect that great place God said He was taking them. Just think about it. All the way from Abraham, going to a land he did not know, Joseph having a dream that people would bow down to him but became a slave and then a prisoner; David who was anointed to be King and then lived the next 15 years in the wilderness as a fugitive; Peter the great fisher of men who was barely able to catch fish.

These men would have had a rough time finding a wife today. Could you imagine?

Many Christian ladies say they have faith but they don’t. They say that God is their source but they are lying. They say that they trust God’s will for their future but they are lying. They don’t.

They put their trust in a man. What kind of job he has/can get.
How much he is making or can make.
They want to make sure he has the “ability to provide”. They want him to have his life totally figured out.

Let us allow God To be the compass of our lives at all times.

Singed
#WhenGraceFoundMe#

When You Start Blaming Yourself for been Single

So it has been four years when my yesterday left me broken, damaged, hurting and lost. I never thought that I would actually make it out of that deep dark pit of sarrow.

It took me years of sweat, crying, been in denial to finally accept that he is no more and that I was left alone to account for our daughter. You see it was through the Word of God and finding the strength and support from my family and my new found family in Christ to get to where I’m today.

But out of nowhere your yesterday appears and tries to shakes things, you might not have allowed the shake to swing you from side to side but you definitely felt the impact of the shake.

Today we as single Christian women are at war with ourselves. The war starts when we finally realise that we have been single for so long and nothing is changing.  We start to wonder and starting asking God questions that we feel we deserve answers to!!

Question I asked myself while lying in bed crying my eyes out feeling less of a woman was this:
Does a woman’s relationship status really define her?

Is being single a disease or an indication of something “wrong” with me?

At most times we end up blaming ourselves for failing to make the past relationship work, we start to come up with theories that will make us feel good for a second like, If only I was more submissive, or if I did what he requested of me. The list is endless of the excuses we make for ourselves.

We blame ourselves for being single but why are we at fault for not being married, as if marriage was something we just buy at the stores.

To all My beautiful God Fearing single sisters, as daughters of the Most High God, the One that created the very Boaz, Adams, Ribs, Perfect Ten we are praying for, He is working out your story beautifully, so rejoice  in that.

I know this can get frustrating for us matured christian woman, who are ready for marriage that we can’t find the right guy.

Know that you are someone Eve, Ruth, Esther
Let us not be those Many Christian women who want a man that knows where he is going, but God’s men usually don’t have a clue.

Think about all the great men in the Bible that had relationships with God and who He used and blessed. They usually didn’t have a clue about where they were going and even if they had a clue, their lives for a long time did not reflect that great place God said He was taking them. Just think about it. All the way from Abraham, going to a land he did not know,  Joseph having a dream that people would bow down to him but became a slave and then a prisoner; David who was anointed to be King and then lived the next 15 years in the wilderness as a fugitive; Peter the great fisher of men who was barely able to catch fish.

These men would have had a rough time finding a wife today. Could you imagine?

Many Christian ladies say they have faith but they don’t. They say that God is their source but they are lying. They say that they trust God’s will for their future but they are lying. They don’t.

They put their trust in a man. What kind of job he has/can get.
How much he is making or can make.
They want to make sure he has the “ability to provide”. They want him to have his life totally figured out.

Let us allow God To be the compass of our lives at all times.

Singed
#WhenGraceFoundMe#