Do we really need more time?

dowereallyneedmoretimeWow. It’s been forever since I’ve done a post like this. I have never failing to badly at blogging. I only had one post like month. ONE. That has never happened, not at all. Read More »

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Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing withIronically, my dad gave me the topic for today. I was struggling with being disappointed with certain family members doing something without asking if I wanted to do it.

When Dad saw my reaction, he said something like, “Oh look. Here’s a new blog post for you: dealing with disappointment.” And actually, as I’ve thought it over, it really is a good topic to do a post about. So here I am, actually writing a post on a topic my dad had only joked about doing.

We all get disappointed some times, don’t we? People let us down. They don’t live up to our expectations. They fail us.

Everyone, at some point in their lives, will disappoint you.

They’ll disappoint you because they are human. We, are all human. We are not perfect. We are sinful. We are full of faults. We are broken people (from Twenty One Pilot’s Screen).

Romans 8:7

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

So it’s a fact of life that people will disappoint you. And you will disappoint others.

For one, we can’t always live up to the expectations people have of us. For most people we can’t even really know their expectations of us. So how can we live up to them? In many ways, most expectations are unjust and unrealistic. They are unable to be lived up to in the first place.

For two, we’re human just like everyone else.

But when we are disappointed, what should we do?

Remember that everyone makes mistakes. Tell them why your disappointed, in hopes that they’ll learn from it.

But then, move on. Don’t let your disappointment ruin the rest of your mood. I know that I have let disappointment take control of my attitude, my day. We don’t have time to waste on such things as disappointment though. Our lives are short. Let’s live them well.

But most importantly:

Trust in the Lord. When people let you down and fail you, trust in the Lord.

For He is the one person who will never disappoint you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

He will never fail you. He will never disappoint you.

For God is perfect.

God does not have a sinful nature.

God does not fail.

He is good. The absolute definition of good.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

Trust in the Lord for no matter what happens, because it will all be part of His plan.

A plan that is for your good.

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

When people disappoint you, remember that God has a plan. Remember that He will never disappoint you no matter how many people do.

Don’t let disappointment get the best of you. It’s not worth it. Instead, focus on what matters.

-G. Paige

 

When We Don’t Know God’s Will For Us

When We Don't KnowAt some point in our Christian lives, we are all told to follow God’s will for our life. To be what He has created us to be.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

But what about when we don’t know God’s will for our lives?

What about the times when we don’t know our purpose?

We were created to glorify God, but how are we to spend our lives glorifying Him? There are many different ways to go about it.

This has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m trying to finish high school (I only got two more years left! *freaks out*), but I’m also trying to get started with some early college classes this coming school year. To do that, I have to start to make a plan for what I’m studying and working towards to be. And, to tell you the truth, I’m really not sure. I got plenty (too many) ideas, but I’ve made no decisive decisions.

So questions like “What am I going to do with my life?”, “What is God’s plan for me?”, and “What is my purpose?” have gone through my mind over and over.

I know the Bible has given instructions to us on how to live. It teaches us to love our enemies and to live like each day is our last. It has even given us a task to fulfill during our lifetimes.

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

But the Bible doesn’t tell me what type of career I’m supposed to have. Or how I’m to go about my life. Or what is the best way I’m to glorify Him.

But the Bible does tell me how I can get the answers that I seek.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

He tells us to pray. To pray and to trust in Him.

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

God tells us to be patient. To wait. And waiting is one of the hardest things to do, I know.

Of course, I don’t have all the answers for you or for myself. But we have to trust that God does have a plan, a purpose, for our lives. Isn’t that what our faith is Christ is based on? Trust? Belief in the unseen?

All you must do, all you can do, is keep praying and wait for the answers God is sure to give you.

Never stop praying.

-G. Paige

 

God is in Control (He Always Has a Plan)

So as you might have noticed these last two weeks (and in the coming weeks) I have not been posting as often as I should. They will probably be like this for the next couple weeks maybe even a month or so. Why? Well…my family and I are moving so without Internet it might get a bit hard to post. Just sayin’. I can’t work miracles (but we do know one who can).

So…we are moving to Puerto Rico! Oh, it is going to be so different from the United States. I am SO excited!!! It will be so amazing, but sometimes I feel like life can get so crazy that we wonder, is God really in control?  We all have those moments when we feel insecure. And with my life going a little crazy right now…I thought this would be a great topic.

God is in control, no matter how hard it gets. Look at what the Bible says.

‭‭Job‬ ‭12:10‬

For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being.”

The life of every living thing is in His hand, isn’t that amazing? He holds everything in his hands. Nothing is out of His control. If something were out of His control, He wouldn’t be God.

Deuteronomy 31:6

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

It is so comforting to know that, as Christians, God will be with us all the way. We will never be alone. We never ever need to fear that God will leave us. No matter what happens, no matter where we are in life, He (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit combined) will always be with us. He is forever faithful.

Deuteronomy 31:8

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

So when you’re feel unsure and you feel like how could God be in control of this or maybe why would He let this happen, know that God has a plan for you. He always has a plan. He will never ever fail you, me, and anyone who believes and trusts in Him. I know it’s hard, especially when we haven’t seen Jesus face to face.

John 20:29

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.

There is proof that Jesus (God essentially) exists all around us. But even though it is still harder for us to believe is Jesus without having seen Him like the many people who did about two thousand years ago (it is even harder when you are going through tough times), we are blessed. And we can have just as strong a faith (or belief) in Jesus Christ as those who saw Him had. Our faith (or belief) can even be stronger than them because we rely on faith not sight.

‭Psalms‬ ‭147:5‬

How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!

Why certain things happen we may never fully understand (at least, until we are in Heaven with Christ). As the verse above says, His understanding is beyond comprehension. But God does has a plan for us and is in control of everything, no matter how horrible and unjust it seems. This next verse says about the same thing but adds a little more.

Isaiah 55:9

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

So, I’ll repeat, God is in control. Your life, my life, is in His Hands. Everything that happens, happens for a purpose, whether we can decipher that purpose or not before we go to Heaven. “my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” That speaks such truth. God is God; we are not God so we will not be able to fully comprehend or understand God until we go to Heaven and become perfect. I can’t wait to be able to look back on my life and see God’s Plan for me.

-G. Paige