This is the day the Lord has made and I’m so glad to be sharing my Monday Devotional with you all.
This morning I ask the Lord to show me what to say. As I drifted back off until a peaceful rest I was awaken by my phone. When I looked at the time I realized I over sleep. With so much to do today I thought to myself, will I have the time to do everything I need to do. Then I realized that God gave me a Word that we can all meditate on today and that’s “Gods Perfect Timing”
So many times, we get upset because we oversleep, get stuck in traffic, or completely forgot that we had something to do today. But have you ever just sat back and thought to yourself why? Well the answer is simple, it was “God’s Perfect Timing.” Gods timing is everything. We may not understand why it happened initially but God will reveal it to us.
Let’s go back, someone wakes up late so they turn the news on and see it was a horrific accident that happed on the same highway, the same lane, and the same time that they would have been on it, “God’s Perfect timing!” Or you were stuck in traffic and you see a co-worker stalled on the side of the road and needs help, “God’s Perfect Timing!”
I could go on and on but I’ll let God’s Words speak for Itself; (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT: Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.)
When our timing doesn’t work the way we plan just know that God is interceding on our behalf. He knew our end before our beginning (Psalms 139:16 NLT) so nothing He does is by accident.
So, the next time things don’t seem to go as planned just say Thank You Lord!!!!
She’s somewhere with a drink in one hand and her cell phone in another waiting on Mr. Wrong to text her back. As she sips a little more while she waits. Hours later still no text. At his point, she’s feeling the effects of the alcohol. So she is in her feelings at this point she starts questioning why he hasn’t texted back.
The next day she sees Mr. Wrong with his family. Broken hearted and disappointed she sips. After a few drinks, she decides to call Mr. Right Now, the guy she meets while she was sipping and waiting on Mr. Wrong to text back. So they meet up have some fun, amazing conversation, and then have sex. Feeling good and forgetting about Mr. Wrong she now puts all her heart and time in Mr. Right Now.
After a few months, Mr. Right Now begins to make excuses to why he can’t hang out and spend time with her. The fun and amazing conversation gets less and less. So, she sips.
Tired of being lied to, forgot about, and treated like leftovers in a restaurant, she sips. She sits alone, and she sips. She cries, and she sips. Her cries then turn into a loud shot asking” why me Lord!!!!?????” She continues to sip. She begins to ask the Lord “What have I done so bad that no man can love me?”
Falling asleep with and empty bottle of wine next to her she doesn’t realize what she started. As she sleeps The Lord waited for her to awake. He wanted to answer the questions she cried out to Him.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and said “Let me go to church.” When she got there, she felt different, she felt better during the praise and worship. Then the Pastor ministered a Word that seemed like God told him to preach directly to her. He said, ” Someone here today wants to know why their life is incomplete. The want to know why they’re not receiving the love they feel they deserve. They are punishing themselves by drinking, doing drugs, and sleeping around.” She immediately being to sob, praising God for the Word. As the Pastor preached he read scriptures from the bible. The scriptures said: Don’t put your trusted in humans…” (Isaiah 2:22 NLT). ” Don’t put your trust in idols…….I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:4 NLT). “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). The next one was ” Wait on the Lord, be brave and courageous Yes wait patiently for the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14 NLT). As soon as she heard Gods Words she knew He heard my cry (Psalms 28:26 NLT).
She wrote down each scripture and meditated on them. As she sipped her coffee an asked the Lord to speak to her, she sat there quietly and sipped on her coffee. The she received a revelation in regards to her plea that night before. She realized that she put all her trust into the wrong men. She was looking to them and the world to love her and to add onto her life. Being caught up in temporary gratification, she forgot that she needed to trust God first!! It was time for her to chase after Him. His Word told her that all things will be added to her life as long as she sought after Him while she patiently waited on the Lord.
This passage was inspired by real life experiences. We have all at one time or two ( or 3, 4, 5…..) got so caught up in self-gratification that we forget that our lives are not our own but they belong to God (Jeremiah 10:23 NLT). We must put all our hope, faith, and love in Him because those three things will last forever (1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT).
The Bible is our daily instructional manual. For everything we go through the Word of God has the answer. So let’s stop looking to men and the world to give us what God already has for us. Be Brave*Be Courageous*Be Patient.
The picture you see is a palm tree bending during a storm. The storm is so strong at times it can lift up houses, cars, and even oak trees. But the palm tree is different. The palm tree tosses back and forth and at times it begins to bend all the way to the ground as if it is about to break.
Have you ever felt like a palm tree? Have you felt like you were being tossed around by the trials and tribulations of the world? Have you felt like you were being pulled in every directions like you were about to break?
If you answered yes to any or all of these question then you are indeed like a palm tree. Like the palm tree we sometimes go through the tossing and bending but it never breaks. We don’t break because The Word says that we will flourish like palm trees (Psalms 92:12 NLT). So at the end of life’s storms we stand upright showing no evidence of any storm.
So let us rejoice everyday knowing that through our perseverance we will come out triumphant during the storms of life (Romans 5:3 NASB). Whatever we go through we always come out stronger. “.
So I encourage you today not to become weary when it seems like the storms of life are about to break you. because we believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior we know that we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13 NKJV).
When you feel like the world is tossing you around and your about to break remember we you’re “Palm Tree Strong”!!!!
I charge you today to stop trying to do what you want, what your family wants, and what the world wants you to believe is right! TODAY seek the counsel of the wises of them all and let Him show you what is good, acceptable, and perfect (Romans 12:2) for your life!!!
It’s not hard just try Him (Malachi 3:10). If you put all your trust in the Lord, not half or some today and some tomorrow but all day everyday put your trust in Him, He will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6)!
My prayer today is that we ALL let Christ into our lives so that He can lead us, guide us, and counsel us! In Jesus name amen 🙏🏾
As a child I was told by someone that raised me (not my parents) that I would never have any friends. This negative seed was planted into my heart and mind almost daily at a very early age. This was told to me during a time in my life when I was impressionable and easily influenced by someone I respected and loved.
As I got older and started to build friendships and relationships with people, that small statement would always be in the back of my mind. So as I would meet people I would always find myself giving my all to people just so they would want to be my friend and love me. As time passed and I became a young adult this mindset would prove to be unhealthy for me emotionally and sometimes physically. I found myself getting into mentally and physically abusive relationships with men and becoming friends with people that had hidden agendas just so I could prove that people would be my friend and love me.
Years passed and I felt empty. I couldn’t understand why I was feeling hurt and disappointment over and over again. Then one day I was in my apartment by myself crying and asking God why am I so unhappy. I kept telling myself I was doing everything to make people like me but I still felt incomplete. Then one day I thought I figured it out. I realized that I had allowed that negative seed that was planted in me when I was a child to manifest. I allowed that bad seed to grow and take over my mind and almost my life.
Once I realized the root cause, I started to dig up the roots of that seed that was planted so deep inside of me. It was hard trust me but I tried. I would think that I had removed all the bad roots but some of the weeds would try to sprout back up. So I would find myself right back to square one. Then I received a revelation and I truly realized I couldn’t do it without God. I had to become a new person and let my old ways go away (2 Corinthians 5:17) .
So in order for me to change myself I needed to treat myself like a garden. I needed to uproot all the bad seeds that I held onto and start over with a new foundation that would allow me to see Gods best for me.
- Plant in a sunny location. = Allow Gods light to shine on and in me.
- Plant in good soil. = Find me a church that would help me receive the Word.
- Space your crops properly.= Distance myself from toxic people and things.
- Buy high-quality seeds. = Read the Word daily
Today I can truly say that I am happy, blessed, and with Jesus I’ll always have a friend!!!!
Gods Word says: Matthew 13:8-Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
We must allow Gods Word to always fall on fertile ground so it can produce blessings and not curses, happiness not doubt, love and not pain.
This is myTestimony.
Will you allow God to use you?