Either at the beginning of a new year or right before entering it, many of us pen down plans and goals that we want to work on and accomplish. When we do this, we set our minds and hearts on the focus of seeing these things come to past. Personally, I love to set goals for myself. In fact, I set goals in all areas concerning my life i.e. parentally, financially, professionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I will be completely honest with you all when I say that there are many that I successfully meet and complete but there are also some that I have not. For those that I have not yet successfully met, there are a few reasons for the mission being unfulfilled. Nevertheless, I still remain dedicated towards accomplishing all within God's purpose for my life.
Speaking of God's purpose... About a week ago, I decided and devoted myself to participate in a 21 day Fast and Prayer along with Transformation Church. The first two days were somewhat challenging with my hunger factor but they went extremely well. Oh honey but since day three, I have felt a shift of distractions and discouragement trying to pull me off my course. Since day three, I have had so many obstacles and even some disheartening things to come to surface. When I noticed and realized that my spirit and energy was a bit low, I was spiritually reminded that I was in the right place of posturing my heart in humility and seeking God for my next. This further confirms that I am indeed close to the breakthrough I have been praying for and declaring.
See the thing about writing plans down is that our plans are our thoughts and desires but purpose is God's thought and intent with us and our lives. All my life, I have tried to plan out my day, plan out my year, plan out my dreams... all without seeking God's wisdom and purpose yet I often got discouraged when most of my plans did not work as planned. Proverbs 19:21 AMP says "Many plans are in a man's mind. But it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand (be carried out)." This scripture further confirmed to me why exactly it was that My plans were not falling through... My plans were not aligned with His purpose because my definition of good is not God's definition of good. And though this fast has proven to be a challenge for me physically and mentally, it has truly blessed and raised me up spiritually.
I often find myself in the midst of prayer and worship and my children would come walk in on me (distractions) asking questions or making statements. I have even had phone calls and disturbances to take place while fasting and prayer especially when at work yet I remain determined to sit at the Lord's feet seeking His vision and wisdom over my life. As I have been in prayer and meditation, I have come to overstand that all vision requires God's revelation and instructions in order for you to see success. All of life and creation begins and end with the same... God and His purpose. This is why it is extremely important for us to have a foundation and relationship with Him. To get to that place of relationship with Him, we will oftentimes have to veer aside the path of others and find a place to meet God where it's just you in His presence. No others... no distractions... no other sounds or voices to drown out the that still soft voice of God (whisper) as the Lord God does not yell at us even when we are heading down a path to destruction and hell. His nature and His voice remains the same... still and soft.
Trust me when I say that I know there is a lot going on in this world right now. There is the downright evil presence of satan and his army rooting and polluting our world and countries with racism, premeditated and unnecessary murders, forms of war, forms of division, forms of social and political injustices and more. Even with all of the darkness that clouds and surrounds our nations... there is still light because Light (Matthew 5:14-16) and Peace (John 14:27) are within those that belong to the Lord and it is not the world that gave that light or peace to us therefore the world cannot take it away. Maybe your life's hard work has taken a hit with this pandemic and economic crisis, maybe your home is needing repairs that you seem to not have enough money for, maybe you lost your job, perhaps you started a business that you are struggling to keep open, or maybe your family life is in complete shambles, or perhaps those kids the Lord blessed you with are driving you crazy, maybe your bills are piling higher than your faith...Yet and still, I think it is utterly imperative that you know that what's going on around you is never greater than or more important than what is going on inside of you.
There is someone speaking and growing life inside of you... Will you quiet yourself and close your eyes and mind to the distractions and discouragement to hear from God? Will you find the humility to seek His wisdom and purpose for your next... for your life and for the lives of those connected to you? Be still and know that God is and will always be God! (Psalm 46:10)
Though there are many who choose to not believe in Him or know Him and many have departed from the faith... He is an Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent and Sovereign God who is a God of great intentions and purpose for His people. Who is it that you declare that you are? Are you branded as a child of God? Or do you choose to wear the brand of your own name? I pray that your answer and declaration identifies with who the Creator is. He is your Creator and during this dire time in life, He wants you to know that He loves you and that His plans for your life and all of 2021 is for your good!
May our lessons be plenty and our journeys be joyous and beautiful!
God Bless kisses 😘