Trust me, it should be easy for me to call this year an awful year… so so easy! I have cried so much this year than I ever have in my other 23 years combined. I have come close to giving up many times this year, I have questioned my sanity, questioned my faith, questioned God’s love for me, questioned my friendship with people, questioned life as a whole HOWEVER I am still here! Right here!!! That’s testimony enough for me to forgive anything bad that happened during the year.
No I’m not here to bore you with my experiences today (yes not today but I’d bore you with it sometime soon lol ) I just wanted to tell you or remind you incase you knew but forgot that once you are still here, you have the power through God to make a change in your tomorrow. You have the power to start afresh or pick up where you left off, you have the power and the resources through God to heal, to forgive , to put back your broken pieces, to grow, to make changes, to call forth a new light on your situation. Once you are still here, you are already victorious, already a conqueror! You are still one step ahead of the evil one.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. – Luke 10:19
We are blinded by the enemy and the fruitless plans he has for us that we fail to see the blessings in each day so I want to take a few moments to talk a little about gratitude! More and more this week, the Holy Spirit has been talking to me about being content in my ‘right now’. No He’s not saying you should want to remain where you are forever but He’s saying be grateful for how far the Lord has brought you and that gratitude is what ushers us into the next step.
Today I was going to buy credits from the store at my junction and up ahead I saw my neighbor, a girl who has a problem with one of her legs. She had to cross the road and it took her a long while to and there I was skipping and bumming my head to the new ‘sunglasses Snapchat filter’ music and the Holy Spirit said if you won’t be grateful for anything at all, be grateful for the fact that you can walk just fine and even skip! Then all of a sudden a flood of things I should be grateful for just filled my heart.
I can see, I can move freely; even though my recent weight gain has made it slightly hard (lol) but even with that I can eat without help. I can taste, I can speak and comprehend sentences, I can write and read , I can hear, I can breathe on my own, I’m in good health … I mean I could go on and on for hours! These things seem basic to us that we forget to be grateful for them. These are not things we earn or deserve but they are freely given to us by our ever loving Father. The Holy Spirit was bringing to my attention that I’ve been taking a lot for granted. I low key think I’m entitled to these things to be honest. I mean I haven’t said it to myself but subconsciously I must feel entitled to them if I don’t go back to say thank you for them and spend each waking moment knowing that God gives me a gift with each passing second! Each breath, each sound I make, each step I take is a gift, a precious gift that I fail to notice or acknowledge. That’s one of the plans of the enemy, to distract us with problems that we stop seeing the goodness and the hand of God in each day.
In times like this when the Holy Spirit draws my attention to the fact that I complain too much instead of turning my focus to the good that has happened in my life instead, I’m always moved to tears! We serve a living God!! We do! An ever loving, ever faithful God. Like I said before, if you cast your mind through the year and you can’t find a single thing to be grateful about, I’m here to give you one! YOU ARE STILL HERE. That’s a sign of hope for me, it means God can still turn my situation around, it means He’s not done with me yet, it means the devises of the devil couldn’t stand. It means tomorrow can be better if I believe it to be. You being here means God still has a plan for you. Yes, you had your whole life turned upside down or so it seemed. Yes, you were this close to giving up or giving in but let me tell you, you are still here for a reason! God is capable and willing to turn your life around if you believe it, capable of restoring the days and things the devil stole from you, He’s capable of anything and everything.
For nothing will be impossible with God. ~ Luke 1:37
Once you are still here, choose to believe in the impossible, it’s where my God does His finest work!