Last week, when the Lord
turned my attention to these verses from the Bible, I completely stopped my ‘busyness’
and revised my daily schedule, my priorities. In prayer, I was inspired to share
this with you.
How much time do we spend in communion with Him, reading His Word, meditating on what the Lord teaches us? Do we nourish our inner man? Do we come to the sources of water — to His word and prayer — in order to receive His revelation, guidance, and strength to bear the fruit? Also, He drew my attention to another verse “…the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me….. Without Me you can do nothing. “
We can work, put a lot
of effort in something, and have very busy schedules. It may seem to us that if
we are constantly in action, it means we are moving forward in life, and it is a
good thing. But sometimes we might not even notice that we are like a squirrel
in a wheel, who runs and runs nonstop in a circle … to nowhere. At the same
time, vanity has the ability to devour us completely and steal our inner
strength from us. As a result, if we do not abide in Him we may end up in an
endless cycle of busyness and, come to the point of inner exhaustion. There
will be no fruit without a close connection with Jesus.
work, goals, interests, friends, world news and social media daily bombard us,
and we do not even realize that while we consider ourselves living in faith, we
often put off our prayer or reading His Word “for later”, on “when I have time.”
Over the years, I
noticed that every time I got fully engaged in some projects and other urgent
matters, leaving prayer and reading His word for ‘later, another time, when I
have a free moment’, I would lose my inner strength. It seemed as though my
inner energy, liveliness and aspirations within me dried up. I felt empty, and tired.
And when I came to my senses that this was a wrong inner state, I realized that
in order to gain inner vitality, I needed to return to a constant close
communion with God. And surely, I felt a huge difference every single time when
I returned to my source of life! Through His word and prayer, it felt as though
I approached the sources of the waters, and everything inside me came to life.
I felt vigorous, filled with energy and strength. Cheerfulness was overflowing!
And, in addition, my projects went completely differently: everything was lining
up in my favor and I had successful results in everything I did.
As we drink water and eat food to support our physical body, we must give the same to our spirit. If we want to be healthy spiritually, have guidance from the Lord, and bear fruit, we must have a close relationship with Jesus through His word and fellowship with Him in prayer.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither;And whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3)
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)
We all live in a very noisy world. And certainly, other interests and endless cycle of things to-do will surely appear on our path, pushing our time with the Lord to ‘later’. The question is, what will win – our desire to have a close relationship with the Lord, or our choice to give in to what appears in our way?
God’s Word… it’s a letter filled with His promises to all who believe. When I began reading the Bible and learning about God’s promises I was in amazement at what He has prepared for us in order for us to have a fulfilling life. The big change happened in me and my life when in my prayer I began proclaiming these promises. When I didn’t know how to pray because my own words seemed so insignificant, I prayed the way it’s written in His Word. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by the devil He said, “It is written…” and the devil had nothing to say in return and could not say anything against the Word of God. I can say to any problem, sickness, struggle, addiction, stronghold, etc. “It is written…” and I too, can overcome and have that which I proclaim.
It’s not about how many verses I have memorized. It’s about whether I believe what God says to me in the verses that I already know. I ponder over each word, I soak them in, I make them part of who I am. Christ lives in me and His word must live within me and pour out of me.
God’s promises became my comfort, my sturdy rock, my sword, my faith of what is and what is to come. Our God the Father and Jesus will not break their promises and will not change what they had said. I can place my confidence and hope in the Lord and in His Holy Scriptures. I PRAY:
Father, Your Word is true and Your promises stand forever. You never change and I can always rely on You. In Your Word, You say that You are the one who goes before me. You are always with me, you will not leave me or forsake me. That is why I will not be afraid or be discouraged. You say that if I rely on You Lord I will renew my strength. I will rise up with wings like eagles, I will run and will not be weary, and I will walk and will not get tired. No matter what troubles are happening in my life right now, I know You will deliver me from them because You have said that the righteous have many sorrows, but You deliver him from all of them. I submit to you God and resist the devil and he flees from me. Jesus, you have made me free, and I am truly free! I am Your child and You have called me according to Your purpose. I know that all things work together for my good because You have called me and I love you, Lord. I praise You and I honor You with my life. Thank you, Jesus, for everything You have done for me and for all You will do. I pray in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:19 (NKJV)
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (NKJV)
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36 (NKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 New King James Version (NKJV)
Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:5
When I began doing what these Bible verses say and it became my way of life, it was such a delightful surprise to see what a big difference it made in my life! First, I avoided some very big mistakes only because of this. In addition, my aspirations to achieve goals and realize my vision were blessed all along and, ultimately, they were crowned with success. Honestly, the journey of achieving goals and fulfilling plans becomes simply amazing when, before you begin to take any action, you bring your vision and your plans in prayer before God. It all goes very differently when the Lord becomes a collaborator/partner in what you do.
When I think of it, you know what comes to my mind? My biggest decisions, which highly impacted my life and even directed my destiny and career, were born in the prayer, reading the Bible, or inspirational books. And, they were the best decisions I have made!
Once, at the beginning of my journey learning to live by faith, I found myself in a very difficult situation, and I had to make a decision between two choices. There was a fierce battle between the logic calculation and my inner feelings. Mixed up in my thoughts, calculations, and feelings, I didn’t even know which choice was better, and I made a choice that seemed logical based on the facts. But there was no peace inside. Anxiety wouldn’t leave me even for a moment. My friend, after hearing about my situation, my thoughts and feelings, said: “Inga, never make decisions based on fear. Fear is your enemy. Do what gives you inner peace.” At that moment it seemed as though my eyes were opened! I recognized the Lord spoke to me through my girlfriend because I myself was too mixed up to know what to do.
That evening, I asked the Lord to help me deal with this situation. I asked him to direct my heart and thoughts and give me inner peace for the decision that I must make. The next day, to my surprise, I had a supernatural peace within for a choice, which I initially rejected. But this decision was against my aspirations and my dreams! It seemed that by making this choice, I would make it only worse for myself. It was not easy. I had to either go by my understanding and calculations or trust the Lord. Realizing that the Lord directed me just as I asked Him to, I decided to fully trust the Lord and surrender. Holding on to my faith that He could restore what was destroyed and create new opportunities where there were none, I completely changed my previous plans and did what the Lord directed me to do.
After one prayer, the Lord radically changed my decision! This decision literally changed the course of my life, and it turned out to be a much better one than what I originally intended to do. God really created the opportunity where seemed none and created new circumstances in replacement of what was destroyed. Later I saw that I would have made a huge mistake if I had followed through with the original decision, even though at that time it seemed the most logical and best choice.
Since then, whenever I wanted to implement my plans or achieve any goals, before doing anything I brought it in prayer before the Lord to receive His direction and a blessing. When I needed to make a decision, I would make my choice based not on my personal calculations, fears or doubts of “What if …”, but by His word (God will not bless that which contradicts His word), as well as by the inner peace that I received after the prayer. I asked the Lord to direct my heart and thoughts to what His will is for my life. When I had a vision of something that I wanted to realize in my life, I asked Him to help me accomplish it. When I had specific plans for something, I asked the Lord to give me the wisdom and knowledge of how to successfully implement those plans. I asked Him to send me people who would help me. I asked Him to bless my efforts so that I could successfully achieve my goals.
And, I am so grateful that I started doing this! The Lord always answered and guided me. Frankly, I avoided even more mistakes only because I prayed about it before doing anything, and after the prayer, my decision changed. In addition, my plans were successfully implemented, and often it seemed that some invisible power was lining up favorable circumstances, connected me with the right people and helped me to achieve successful results. My life really became much easier and better when I started practicing these scriptures!
God is faithful to His word. I’m sure you’ll see a big difference in your life if these verses become part of your lifestyle and where you begin fulfilling your plans.
Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:5
By faith. Faith is the key that opens the door. Faith is the bridge that connects us to God. Faith is what brings answers to our prayers. As a car without gas will not go anywhere, so a prayer without faith will not bear fruit.
I attended church for several years and heard many sermons about faith, but I learned to have unshakable faith only after a car accident, when I began to change my way of thinking and decided to rely on God and act based on my faith.
When I lost almost half of my body in a car accident, I found myself in a total despair. My family and friends showered me with unconditional love, but there was a dark hopelessness when it came to my future. Since my home city did not have any wheelchair access, losing my legs meant losing my independence and my life. At that point, I had no other choice but to have the faith like a child that God could do the impossible, and I began to live by faith. That’s when I began putting my faith into practice. My faith grew when I did not just hear or read about it, but when I began thinking and acting according to my faith. And I started seeing how the answers to my prayers were being fulfilled in an absolutely incredible way.
One of the highest values I have gained through hopelessness and difficulties is that they taught me to trust God and rely on Him more than on anything else, and therefore my faith has become stronger than ever before.
Now I accept every difficult situation as an opportunity to see the power of God and experience how He arranges everything in a precise order and timeline.
This week I am inspired to share one of my last testimonies and talk about faith. This testimony is connected with other testimonies that I have had over the years, which show how, according to my faith, the Lord has provided what I needed and when I needed it. Since I lost my legs in a car accident, I need to move in a wheelchair. Electric wheelchairs in the United States cost from $3,000 to $10,000 and even up to $30,000, and this is how the Lord took care of this need when I did not have that kind of money to buy a wheelchair and did not have medical insurance to obtain it. We recorded a video when this testimony took place; watch the video!
This video is about only one aspect of my life. Throughout the years, the Lord provided and took care of me in every aspect of my life. When 14 years ago I decided to leave my home country of Lithuania and fly to California to establish my life in the USA, people asked me how I would be able independently move around in the city in a manual wheelchair (it’s very hard when you can operate only with one hand), where I would live, where I would work, and in general, how I would survive there while my family is across the globe in Europe. I did not have answers to any of those questions. I said, “I will know the answers when I am already there.” I trusted that the Lord would provide everything I needed.
Many say “you are so brave,” but the truth is that it’s not that I am just naturally brave. My courage comes from fully trusting God. I relied on Him having absolutely no doubts. My mindset was not “I will see IF I can establish my life there” but “I will see HOW I can.”
I did not hope. I knew.
For many years, the Lord took care of me in an amazing way. In addition to my physical limitations, I also had no place to live, no money, no work, and no guarantees at all to establish my life in the USA, and I was never homeless, I’ve never had to look for work and I’ve never had the lack of what I needed; everything came to me at the time when it was needed. I was always surrounded by wonderful people and my friends’ circle rapidly grew. When I needed assistance with getting a ride or any other need, people graciously offered their help.
Also, I’ve never lost my job, even when in 2008 the USA had suffered a big economic crisis and countless people were losing their jobs and homes. It seemed that economic crisis like a tornado was sweeping everything it found on its way and it passed by me and never came even close to me. The Lord protected me from any disease, flu epidemics or harm.
My life is full of examples when various situations were solved inexplicably. Maybe someone will say “this is a coincidence,” but there are no such incredible coincidences, and there are so many of them that then I can say that my whole life is a great coincidence. I am confident that our faith creates these so-called random coincidences.
Our prayer and unwavering faith is a great power that can do the impossible. I completely trusted my God, was unshakable in faith and waited for the answer, even when it seemed that circumstances were absolutely hopeless. Of course, I did not sit idly just dreaming about a good life. I always persevered, made relentless efforts and worked hard to achieve my goals. But it is my God who has given me the inner strength, wisdom, favorable circumstances and the ability to create the life that I have now.
I have tears of joy in my eyes while I write this for you. Heavenly Father cares for those who believe in Him.
Mark 9:23: Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
The Lord knows it all. He knows what is necessary for you. He knows the deepest pain of your heart. He knows your every thought. He comes on time and He is never late. Only we need to have unshakable faith and trust / rely on the Lord.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE UNWAVERING FAITH AND TRUST THE LORD?
I could never understand what it meant to trust God until I found myself in a hopeless situation, and instead of succumbing to fear, doubt and depression, I decided to trust God with all my essence – with my heart and my mind. No matter what the real facts were around me, and what people told me, I still hoped for God to deliver me out of despair. I counted on God, as a child relies on his dad. It was a conscious decision to trust in the Lord. And I waited and expected for His response, no matter what.
As I was anticipating for the answer from the Lord, I began paying attention to how I felt and what was happening in my life after my prayers. And, I began to notice the change. Sometimes I was inspired to do something and acted upon my inspiration, and it led me to new opportunities. Sometimes other people influenced my situation and it created new circumstances and possibilities. Every change had its own sequence of actions and events, but the fact was right before me and I couldn’t deny it – I began seeing answers to my prayers! As it’s written in Psalm 37:3 “…Feed on His faithfulness,” I held in my heart how He would answer my requests and blessed me, my faith grew and I began being confident in the Lord more and more. Thus, I have learned to trust the Lord. With time my faith was developing. And no matter what circumstances I was going through, the Lord was always faithful. My confidence in the Lord never failed me.
Faith in God is not some superficial thoughts of some mystical power called God, who is somewhere high up looking at everyone and, perhaps, will help, or maybe not. The prayer of faith is not a superficial prayer as a mere ritual, while you are full of doubt, fear or anticipation of something bad to happen. Many have such faith, but it doesn’t do any good and such prayer does not bring any changes. In fact, quite often opposite happens – you get what you’re afraid of, as it’s written in Psalm 37: 8 “…Do not fret – it only causes harm.”
Trust in God is a mindset of the full confidence in the Lord allowing no doubt, no matter what is actually going on around you. Trusting the Lord / confidence in the Lord is an inner state of complete peace and confidence that your God will take care of you.
Faith is a certain way of thinking when you have a clear conscious understanding that our physical realm depends on the spiritual realm, and when you bring your need to God in the name of Jesus, there are changes in the spiritual world, and it will be manifested in the physical world.
Prayer is not a superficial ritual for you to feel better. Prayer of faith in the name of Jesus Christ has the power to change you and your circumstances.
There is a big difference between “Believe that God exists” and “Trust the Lord.” In other words, believing that God exists and trusting God/relying on Him, are two completely different things. When you have a close person in your life, who loves you very much, and whom you trust completely, and who you can rely on – what does it feel like when it comes to your connection with this person, what are your expectations from this relationship? You know that you can always count on this person, right? It’s the same with trusting God. It’s when you not only believe that God exists, but you count on Him, even if you do not see Him. To trust God is a choice. It’s a decision. And you can trust Him, because He does not change, He is faithful to his word.
FAITH IS AN ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE
Many people are very quick to give up on their faith in God when, after the prayer, they do not get the answer they want. They come to the conclusion that God does not hear, does not answer, and that generally it’s pointless to pray at all, because prayer does not make any changes.
Many prefer not to hope too much so they don’t get disappointed if this does not happen. For many years I also had this kind of a mindset, because disappointments are very painful. But I learned that by doubting I can become my own enemy! We must make efforts to resist thoughts of doubts and anxieties and hold on tight to faith, because our doubts can jeopardize our ability to receive the answer to our prayer.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. ”(James 1: 6-7)
Faith is not “I hope so …” and it is not “Well, maybe… we’ll see …” And faith has nothing to do with “If …” or how realistic it is to have what we pray for.
Faith is the absolute certainty that the Lord will give the answer, no matter what the situation is.
Faith is an inner knowledge and, finally, an absolute conviction, when you can say to yourself without a doubt: “It doesn’t matter that I have no idea how this can be solved.
But I know that my God is powerful, nothing is impossible for Him, and He will take care of everything.”
EXPECT FOR THE ANSWER
Just believing and believing with expectation are two different things. Faith with expectation is when you are absolutely sure that you will receive the answer, and this is just a matter of time. Since you do not know when this will happen, you expect a response any day, any time.
Suppose you believe that your friends or family members will come to visit you at some point. But how would you feel if they told you that they have bought tickets already, and everything is ready for the trip, but they won’t say when they will come, because they want to surprise you? You will not only believe that they will come, but you will also expect their arrival, because they can call you on any day and say: “We are already in your city, see you soon!”
When you live in expectation, your faith moves to another level.
This is the faith that brought incredible answers into my life.
Be strong. Be steadfast in faith. Those who trust in the Lord will not be ashamed!
When I woke up in the Intensive Care Unit hooked up to a life support machine, missing my legs and severely broken body, I knew my life would never be the same. When I returned home and faced the devastation of what this crash brought me to, it felt as though every part of my being wailed begging someone to tell me that what I was experiencing was not true. When people learned about the tragedy, I kept hearing their thoughts – the car accident broke my destiny. ✨
But I could not accept it. And I refused to agree with it! I told them that my destiny would be the way I wanted it, and not how this crash planned it. I would break limitations, break through those obstacles and create a new life. I trusted that with God nothing is impossible, no matter how hopeless it seemed. ✨
Today I praise my God for the inner strength and His blessing – my life has completely transformed! I could not even dream of how the Lord blessed my new life. Rejoicing at this, I want to reach your heart and ignite hope. ✨
Please hear me, it’s not the hurt or betrayals that broke into your life or the devastation that you faced what ultimately will create your destiny. But, it’s God’s will for your life and your choices what you do with all that happened will have the last say about your destiny. ✨
You are the conductor of a symphony called Life. God gave us the notes and the instruction on how to create a beautiful melody. He also gave us the freedom of a choice what we are going to do with those notes and instructions. Now, it’s our personal choices that will create a melody of our lives’ symphony. ✨
• To believe and not to believe
• To follow God’s instructions and a choice not to (in other words to improvise your symphony)
• People with whom we choose to spend our time and have friendships or, who we choose to be our second-half
• To stop our certain activities or end relations with someone before it’s too late and a choice not to do anything about it
• What we do with the time given to us. Will we use the time to achieve something or will we waste it?
• To take advantage of opportunities and a choice to let them pass by us
• To fight for our happiness and a choice to go with a flow and remain idle
• To be a victim and blame someone/something for our unhappiness and a choice to accept the responsibility and be determined to create the life that we desire no matter what
• To listen to the fear or possible disappointment and a choice to trust and take that chance
• To listen to the inspiration and act on it and a choice to push it aside and do nothing
• To make an effort and a choice to do what’s easier
• To be committed and persevere and a choice to quit when your motivation fades away and it becomes difficult
• To love, to forgive and a choice to hold on to your bitterness
• To help someone and a choice to ignore
• To never give up and be unstoppable no matter how hard it gets, and a choice to give up
All these choices… By making your choices you conduct your symphony called Your Life. By sharing my experiences in my book and every time I speak, I want to inspire you to be careful and thoughtful when you make your choices. I don’t have all the answers to many questions about destiny. But what I do know is that our own daily choices and decisions create subsequent events and ultimately direct our destiny. ✨
Sometimes one choice – one single decision – can literally direct our life journey in one or another direction. Also, consistent choices we make compounded over time deliver their results as well. They may seem insignificant because at the time they make no radical difference in your life. They may not even appear like choices. But they are. And, those little choices repeated on a continuous basis over time soon will deliver their results. Every time we decide to do or not to do something is a choice. ✨
We stand at the crossroads many times in life. They might not even feel like crossroads; yet, they are, because by making a decision we go to the left or to the right. Therefore, before you make those choices or make a decision, ask yourself where your choice will bring you ultimately. ✨
There are many things I don’t understand about God. And I do not claim to understand everything in the Bible. But I know the Lord and He knows me. I’ve learned that our destiny will greatly depend on whether we choose life in obedience before the Lord God or life according to our own lusts, desires, and ways. What I do know is that living in a righteous way before the Lord God and trusting Him wholeheartedly at all times is going to bring a much more secure, fulfilling and purposeful life. ✨
Deuteronomy 30: 19-20: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.” ✨
We all have choices, and we are going to have what we choose. So, I invite you to take a deep breath with me. Choose life! Let’s continue on creating the lives that the Lord has called us to live.
Life is not a rehearsal. You get to do it only once. ✨
Always remember, it’s not what people do to you or what happens to you that ultimately will create your destiny. It’s God’s will for your life and your personal choices what you are going to do with all that happens what will create your life’s symphony.
Make it beautiful! ✨✨✨
As we begin a new year, we all are determined and enthusiastic and hoping this year will be a better year. And then, we get into a routine of daily to-dos, challenges, problems…
Who will end up designing your 2019? Random outside events? …Or YOU?
If you won’t be in charge of how your days go and which direction your year will take, then random events and circumstances will be in charge of your year. You will end up just reacting to whatever happens in your life.
You know, for many years I thought that my life depended on what my circumstances allowed me to do and to experience. I did not really have any aspirations, and I didn’t even think about any goals. I did not even have the concept of having a vision of what I wanted to achieve and deliberately creating what I wanted in my life. My understanding was that my life just depends on whatever happens on a day-to-day basis. With that mindset, I was going nowhere, only daily reacting to random events and the outside world’s impact on my life.
I lived this way until I got into the car accident and my life was brutally changed. Only then I learned that there is another way to live – you can design your life. You can set your mind on what you want to accomplish in your life and deliberately begin fulfilling it. I didn’t know then that this is what I was going to do. I just despised what the crash has created and I deliberately began changing my circumstances. I did what I had never done – I decided what I wanted in order to feel happy, set goals that would lead me to my vision and began living with intention. With time, by achieving one goal after another, I totally changed my life.
Now I know – Life is what you make it. And it begins with your awareness and decision to live with intention.
Don’t allow random outside events to design your year! YOU take the lead.
How? First, ask yourself what you really want.
What would make your year meaningful and purposeful?
What needs to happen for you to feel confident, truly happy and content?
What needs to change so you feel better about yourself and your life?
Is there anything you would like to do, to learn or challenge yourself and achieve?
What would make your life exciting and fulfilling?
What do you think the Lord wants you to fulfill?
Once you know exactly what you want, make a strategy how you’re going to make it happen. What are the possible ways to achieve it? What goals would bring you to your vision? You might say it’s impossible. But please hear me. I’ve been there. The life that I get to live today is not a mere coincidence nor am I just a lucky one. I deliberately aimed for it. And when I started planning how to change my circumstances and restore my life after the car accident, it was hard to even consider that my vision was possible. I was advised many times to think realistically – what I wanted was simply not possible. All circumstances were against me. Everywhere I looked there were tremendous difficulties and unchangeable obstacles in front of me.
But I knew that with God’s help I could change those circumstances. And indeed, when my efforts seemed powerless, the Lord stepped in and in the most incredible way, He arranged favorable situations, connected me with people who were willing to help me, and He created new opportunities where there seemed none. It was unbelievable! What you can’t do the Lord will. Just trust Him. Those who trust in the Lord will never be ashamed. But you need to be bold and step out of your comfort zone and design your year by living on purpose.
Live with intention every day. Always keep in mind where you are headed and be consistent in your efforts to achieve your aspiration. Big changes don’t happen overnight nor does success suddenly show up as ‘Luck’. It takes time. It takes relentless work. It’s your daily choices to make the effort and consistent actions compounded will deliver the successful result.
Please understand – you are the author of your life story. Your year and your life are in your hands, not in the hands of your circumstances or random outside events. With God’s help, you can have an incredible life.
Live with intention. Make your 2019 an extraordinary year!
It is not that easy to be thankful in difficult times, is it? We might feel perplexed, frustrated and angry when things don’t go the way we want them to, right? Feeling lost and anxious we may ask “God, where are you? Why are You slow to help me?”
Over the 25 years of my faith journey, I had encountered quite a few of these situations. Over the many years of my walk with the Lord and my recovery from the adversity after losing nearly half of my body, I have been learning how to have unwavering faith in all circumstances and have a grateful mindset no matter what’s going on in life. It greatly empowered me and I am very eager to share it with others. I will speak about it in the upcoming event “Steady & Thankful in the Midst of the Storm” in San Francisco.
It’s a Free event, click on the link to find out more details: http://becomingunstoppable.org/upcoming-events/
When I started focusing not on the problem itself and how difficult it was but instead was observing what was behind events and circumstances and where they ultimately brought me, time and time again I got to see a mystery – events that occurred, problems, hardships, people whom I met, circumstances that I didn’t like, not receiving the desired answers to my prayers, and experiences I went through played a critical role in my life, and to my surprise, all of it really worked together for the good, as it’s written in Romans 8:28.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)
I experience this phenomenon time and time again and today, I have so many testimonies which show that all things work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose, is really true.
Even though it was not easy to go through those difficulties, they left a valuable imprint on my life. What’s more interesting, the strangest thing was to realize that particularly those events that seemed destructive or seemed like endless hardships, actually brought me to my ultimate dream! The funny thing is that even my mistakes had a great value in my life. In fact, I needed to make those mistakes, because they made changes deep within me and taught me some very valuable lessons which I would not have gained otherwise. Problems, difficulties, pain, and failures to attain some goals, hopelessness, and all that I experienced were for my benefit. Going through hardships and seeing God’s faithfulness at all times, I have learned to get rid of stress, fear, or anxiety. Realizing that the difficulty worked for my good surprised me each and every time. Today I am very grateful for everything.
Before you react to a situation and let negative feelings overpower you, stop yourself. Step back and look at the situation from a different viewpoint. Respond to the situation by controlling what you see. It’s your viewpoint that will determine what it means to you, how you feel about it and what you’re going to do about it. So, it’s critical to be in charge of your mindset and your perspective the way you look at life. Your conscious and unconscious beliefs will lay the foundation for your viewpoint. Pay close attention to your beliefs that come from your culture, religion, your experience or people you respect and trust. The good thing is that we can choose our beliefs. It’s nothing more than what we hold to be true.
Choose your response based on your faith.
How? Think about it – in the Scriptures, reading the book of Job, we clearly see that Satan cannot do more than what God allows him to do in the life of a person who loves God and lives righteously before the Lord. In Matthew 10:29-31 we see that nothing can happen in your life without Father’s will; even hairs on your head are counted. And, If you love God (which means you live according to God’s commandments, John 14:21) and are called according to His purpose, then somehow God will make this work out for your good. (Romans 8:28)
You can shape your viewpoint based on the word of God: whatever is going on is not more than what Father allowed. And if God allowed this situation in your life, so there is some purpose in it. So, instead of becoming anxious and fearful for your future, trust your God. Our faith is tested in difficult times. He’s watching over you. Knowing that it’s not more than what the Lord allowed and there is a purpose behind it, and it all will work out for your good in the end, ask yourself what might be the purpose. What’s the good side of this situation?
Naturally, we tend to focus on the problem and constantly think about how difficult and how painful it is and how much we don’t like it. I encourage you to see the purpose behind it and focus on the possible solution instead of focusing on the problem itself. When you put on sunglasses, what you see doesn’t change but changes how you see it, right? Replace your sunglasses with glasses of faith and look at your circumstances through the eyes of faith.
See, the Lord often allows difficulties and doesn’t make it easier right away because He’s working with our heart, He’s teaching us things we need to learn. Some things can be learned and gained only through difficulties. I experienced that problems, obstacles, and despair are great teachers. At times the Lord tests our faith and our faithfulness. The vessel goes through the molding and the fire before it is used. If you look at what benefit you can find in difficulties, what’s the good side of your difficulty – you will be amazed how much good you will see. In the end, you will be truly thankful for it. I am today.
What about you? Have you experienced difficulties, which you are thankful for?