The Good Shepherd -Psalm 23

 

 

A declaration for your life when everything seems STILL and you wonder where your future is heading !! I seem to reflect on this Psalm countless times whenever fear tries to grip my heart and EVERY single time I rise with Hope from God that He is a good shepherd and He will NEVER let me down. His goodness and mercy will follow me and my family all the days of my life.

 

Declare this Psalm over your life. When songs of praise and declarations begin, the enemy doesn’t have a foothold on any circumstance or stronghold on any burden that is weighing your heart down. The victory is already His.

 

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.

    I always have more than enough

He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love

His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss

That’s where he restores and revives my life.

    He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness

 so that I can bring honor to his name

Lord, even when your path takes me through

    the valley of deepest darkness,

    fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

    You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

    Your authority is my strength and my peace.

    The comfort of your love takes away my fear.

    I’ll never be lonely, for you are near

You become my delicious feast

    even when my enemies dare to fight.

    You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit

You give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows

So why would I fear the future?

    For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

   Then afterward, when my life is through,

   I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

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A Beautiful Reminder

This is a beautiful note that was sent to me by my amazing friend at my previous workplace. It literally sets the tone for my day reminding me of God’s love for me and that nothing, absolutely nothing that’s happening in my life is far from the reach of His hands. I then start my day with a smile, determined to be the very best for the day.

Today marks exactly 1 year since I quit my most loved, very secure job of 7 years in a health sector , to embark on an uncertain journey determined to improve work-life balance just so I can spend some quality time with my daughter. Long commute to the city really didn’t contribute to the work life balance I was looking for. I wanted a change but was afraid to step out of the comfort zone. What if I don’t end up getting a job ? Fear gripped my heart and became an obstacle to put my trust in God to action

Funny enough, most of my conversations and tantrums with God happens in the rest room. So here I am arguing why He should give me the job I so badly want in my life and listing my reasons on why God should consider my request . ‘I know you love me but please love me the way I want you to love me ‘ – trying to convince God at my best

I heard a gentle voice when I stopped my ranting ‘ Ok, I will bless you but what action are you taking for your prayers to get answered ?’ God reminded me that without faith it’s impossible to please a God

Faith without action is dead

James 2:17

God’s Word stirred my faith and set it into action. I started my uncertain journey with a prayer and took a massive leap of faith. I quit my job without another job on hand. As per the world’s standards it’s regarded foolishness, but for me it was listening to what God told me to do mattered the most.

That was a real faith check for me in my life. Am I trusting God enough to let go of my ONLY source of income , just because He said so ? I wouldn’t say I was full of faith like Abraham and just DID it, but I could honestly say that it was a journey for me, a journey of preparing my heart to listen to His Word and a journey of reminding myself that God would never fail when things didn’t go well after I quit the job. It was definitely not a bed of roses but the transition journey and the lessons learnt along the way was well worth it, as I experienced God as my sole provider.

When I look back at the last year, it certainly had its own awesome ups and terrible lows, but today my heart is filled with gratitude for the journey I boldly stepped into trusting only God .. I believe that God not only blessed me with a job I prayed for but also sent some beautiful friends along the way as a bonus.

So today I want to pass on this beautiful note that inspired me to be my best everyday and to keep my SMILE ON irrespective of the circumstance as it’s a beautiful reminder that GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS, not my time or your time, but in HIS time and it will be the perfect timing for your life !

He has made everything beautiful in His time

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Take heart ❤️ ! Whatever stage your prayer is from being answered, today is a gentle reminder that God has not forgotten you. Every drop of your tear is bottled and kept track of by Him. In His time He will repay back all that the locusts have eaten . God is never too early nor never too late. His timing is just perfect.

Dear God,

I pray today that as I wait on the answers to my prayers, help me to keep walking unwavered in my faith , be strong and confident trusting in You. I pray against doubt and fear in the name of Jesus . I intentionally choose trust over doubt, faith over insecurity and strength over weakness as Your word says that I am more than a conqueror in You and He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world

In Jesus Name I ask and Pray

Amen

Stay Blessed in Him💞

Hemmed In His Perfect Plan

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Psalm 139: 5

You HEM me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me

As per Wikipedia definition , ‘a HEM in sewing is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling of the fabric’

In that context , it amazes me on how the King of the Universe would go before His children ,follow His children and place His hand of blessing His children’s lives, just to make sure we are OK. Of all things in the world, He chooses to HEM us, to enclose us in His arms just to keep us all in one piece at all times, especially during those rough times.

When life hits hard, it’s sometimes hard to accept the fact that God is fair. Feelings take over facts and we start questioning God’s righteousness based on our life’s experiences and circumstances. Most often it happens that when things go well, we feel the presence of God all over our lives. But when life hits a rough patch, then comes the reality check. It’s most often in those darkest valleys we encounter God and experience the most amazing taste of His love and grace for our lives.

As a parent when my toddler was really young and just started walking, I used a backpack leash to help my daughter walk. Whilst I really wanted to encourage her in exploring her walking experience in public, I also made arrangements for her safety. I used this harness on her backpack and let her walk in the front while I held on to the leash. My daughter used to very excited that she was walking on her own but little did she know that there is her mother at her back protecting her from behind. When she tried to run away in the shopping centre due to excitement , I just pull the leash gently a little bit backward so she comes close to me and stays safe. Yes, that definitely did upset her but in addition to giving her own space, providing a safe environment to explore is also part of my parental responsibility. I love my daughter too much to see her hurt.

As our Heavenly Father, that’s how God takes care of us. Sometimes we don’t even know why there is a leash in the midst of our lives that is stopping us from moving forward. That promotion which is so very close but nothing seems to happen, that loan which is almost approved but not really signed off, that interview which you thought you were successful but no updates yet could be some of the potential leashes you are facing in your life currently. We just want to run our lives all by ourselves, in the most fast forward way in nano second speed. But God has a invisible leash on all our lives .. not to control us but for our well being and safety.

God wants to encourage you and wants you to know that He has got it all under control. He wants you to know that He is protecting you from behind, from all things past. He wants you to know that He is protecting you from the forefront too, making sure you are safe and sound. He knows your past, He knows your present and He also knows your future. There is nothing hidden in our lives from His sight.

Today, take heart and choose to place your trust in God for whatever mountain you are facing. Be assured in God’s love for your life. Be assured in God’s protection over your life. He loves you too much to see you suffer.

Dear God Jesus,

Please forgive for my doubt. As I choose to place my trust in You, help me to see through Your eyes Your plans for my life and give me the strength to live life Your way with all the blessed assurance you have provided me today.

In Jesus Name
Amen

Stay Blessed In Him💞

Revelation brings about Elevation

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Revelation of Who God is will elevate us to a place of love, peace and secure place in Christ. Revelation of how much He loves us will elevate us to that level of trust in Him, that will help us to press forward in faith , pushing back the natural limitations and reports from humans.

As we continue this journey of hope and faith, as we look to the God of Hope for all our unanswered prayers, my prayer for you is for him to reveal things concerning your situation and elevate you to the position He wants you to be at.

In Jesus Name Amen🙏🏻💞