Will You Trust Him?

It is hard to trust someone when our hearts have been broken. When betrayal has entered our home, and when there seems to be no sense of security.

It is challenging to let down the walls we build around ourselves to avoid being hurt again. It seems normal to want to be on guard, right? After all, who wants to be exposed to betrayal, hurt, and insecurity?

The problem with that is it limits our ability to trust the One who has our best interest. When we get so wrapped up around making sure others do not hurt us, we lose trust in God who truly cares about us. We even wonder why, God allowed certain things to happen in our lives. His word says that He works all things for our good. Yes, even the most painful things.

He wants us to let down those walls, so that He can come and be the One that comforts us in times of trouble. He is for you and not against you.

The challenge this week is whether you will let your past experiences limit your ability to trust in the One who has your back? Or will you let down your walls and put your trust on Him.

Choose to trust. He is faithful.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV

“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” Psalms 25:1 NIV

Much love,

Carmen

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The Promise

One thing that I absolutely love about our Lord Jesus Christ is that He always keeps His promises. No matter how big or impossible a promise may seem to us, if God said He would do it, we can be sure He will do it.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

There are many beautiful promises God makes to us throughout His word. This is perhaps one of my favorite promises because it assures me of three things.  That I am never alone, that God is before me, and that He will never leave me nor forsake me.

Life is much easier when you know there is someone by your side, helping you navigate through it. A significant promise from God to all of us is that He goes before us and will be with us every step of the way. He will be with you no matter where you go or what you do. You no longer have to feel like you are doing life on your own. You have God who accompanies you where ever you go.

Take comfort in knowing that He is going before you and making a way where there seems to be no way.

Take comfort in knowing that He will be with you throughout your life journey.

Take comfort in knowing that He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Take comfort in knowing that you do not have to fear because He will be with you always.

Embrace this promise over your life today.

Much love,

Carmen

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It’s Time

Have you realized that the hardest things to let go of are those that hold us back? The things that bring us pain, anger, and frustration. Those that build a load too heavy to carry and can paralyze our progress in life. I find it odd how we master holding on to these things that delay our progress in life. I don’t know anyone who would say they like setbacks. Yet, by holding on to the past, we set ourselves back.

It’s time to let go.

It sounds very simple, right? Let go? How?

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Dwelling on the past causes us to stay in the past. We will never progress and take hold of tomorrow’s promises if we keep dwelling in yesterday’s sorrow.

It’s time to let go.

God is doing a new thing in our lives daily. Holding on to the past causes us to miss out on the new things God has for us.

The past brings pain and grieve. God’s plan for your life brings joy and freedom.

Again, It’s time to let go.

Much love,

Carmen

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The Right Expectation

Let’s face it, we all have expectations of others. We all expect certain people to act a certain way, depending on the role they play in our lives. It’s just the reality of life. When people do not meet our expectations, we end up disappointed. That disappointment can lead to several other feelings, including anger, unforgiveness, or even depression.

When we hold someone to a standard higher than what they can reach and expect more than what they can give, we will end up disappointed. Does this mean we can’t have expectations of others? Of course, we can, and it is healthy to have expectations of others, but they must be measurable. We cannot expect that someone will never fail us. That is an unreasonable and unmeasurable expectation. As humans, we are imperfect, and we will always make mistakes. Our actions will sometimes cause pain to others. That is why it’s essential to be cautious of the expectations we set on others.

There is, however, someone who can meet all your expectations. Someone who will never disappoint you. Someone who can live up to His Word. Someone you can rely on and know with certainty; He will be there. Someone who will hold your hand and not let it go.

Psalm 62:5-8

My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.

Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

Unmeasurable expectations in others will always bring disappointment, but expectations in God will always bring fulfillment. Expect the very best from God today.

Much love,

Carmen

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MY LITTLE BIT

I am sure if I asked you, “is there anything you have that you need more of,” you would say “yes.”  For some it may be more money, time, health, family, education, food, or even peace.  But, we all have a little bit of something  that we think we need more of to make our life a lot easier.  Maybe at this point in your life, you feel that if you just had a little more money you could get by, if you just had a little more time to invest in your kids they wouldn’t be so rebellious, if you just had a Master’s instead of a Bachelor’s degree you would have your dream job, or If you just had a little more energy you could get up and go to church on Sundays.  If only you had a little bit more, huh?  I find it rather interesting that we ask for more, yet when we get more, it still doesn’t seem to be enough.  Remember when you worked a job where you only made half of what you are making now, and you still were able to live off of it?   Now, you might be making double, but you think that you need a little bit more.  I believe the problem is not with the amount of something we have, but rather with our lack of faith to be not only content, but to feel safeguarded with what we have. 

                Our little bits with God can fill up many jars of oil.  If you read 2 Kings: 4, you learn that a widow came to the prophet Elisha seeking counsel.  Her husband, who revered the Lord, died, and then the creditors wanted to take her two sons, and make them their slaves.  Elisha asked her how he could help her, and he also asked what she had in her house.  It’s important that we do not miss this vital point:  he asked her what she had in her house.   In other words, he wanted to see what she had that she could rely upon.  What in her house could God have used to help her get out of her situation?  And I ask you today, what do you have in your hands that God can use to help you get out of your situation?

                She told the prophet that she only had a small jar of olive oil.  From 2 Kings 4:2, “Your servant has nothing there at all, she said, ‘except a small jar of olive oil’.  This teaches us not to despise or downplay anything that you may have, no matter how small or little it may seem to you.  If you have something, the Lord gave it to you for a reason.  The prophet then told her in verse 3, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars.  Don’t ask for just a few.”  I believe the reason he told her to go around and ask her neighbors for empty jars was to activate her faith.  She only had a small jar of oil, but then, she had to go around asking for empty jars?  For what reason?  You see, sometimes when we act on faith it will not make sense to others, or even to ourselves.  The neighbors knew she was a poor window.  They were probably wondering why she needed those empty jars.  God will always ask us to act on our faith.  James 2:17 says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  After she acted on faith, he told her to start filling the jars with the small jar of oil she had.   She poured the oil into every jar, until the last one was filled.  The Bible says, “Then the oil stopped flowing” (2 Kings 4:6).   It doesn’t say how many jars she filled, but there were many.  She filled many jars from one small jar.  She filled them with the only thing she had in her house – her little bit.

                2 Kings 4:7 declares, “She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt.  You and your sons can live on what is left.’  Do you realize what happened there?   After she acted on faith and went to a man of God seeking a response from the Lord, her little bit not only paid her debt, but also provided some for herself.  God can multiply our little bits and get us out of whatever situation we are in.  You may think you do not have enough of something, but if you ask God to bless and work with what you already do have, you will see God multiply it.  Our biggest mistake is complaining about what we don’t have, and not praying over what we do have.  Pray that God multiplies your strength, your health, your finances, your time, or whatever you think that you lack at this time.   Before you ask God for what you want, thank God for what you have.

The Bible says in Psalms 37:25, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”  Let’s be grateful for our little bits today.   Please join me:

Father, I pray that all of us who read this today may understand that your head is powerful to multiply many things that may seem little in our own heads.  Father, may you multiply my little bits to bless others.  We thank you for what we do have, and because of that, we choose to be happy and content.  In Jesus name, I pray, Amen. 

Much love,

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