Happy birthday to my angel, Angel. I wish you were here ☹️ #wordscantdescribe – with Angelia

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#iamafeminist

#iamafeminist. I find the fact that “God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He creates them; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27) endearing.
Knowing that God’s love knows no gender and that I have been created in His image encourages me to speak up for His glory and serve Him more each day. Knowing that God can use anyone with a willing heart, despite of what society has to say, to me, is gender equality. Therefore, I can say; I am a woman, and I am proud of it.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story! (Psalm 107:2).
Happy international women’s day! 🙂 

 

New Year…Resolution/Revolution?

Happy new year! 
2015 was quite a year for me. How was it for you? One thing for sure, time flies. I thought I was the only one thinking 2015 went by real fast, but apparently, everyone has been telling me they feel exactly the same!

And now here we are, January 2016. That time of the year where you come up with ideals, plans, and resolutions. Like I did. Half of them probably ending up unticked by the end of the year, anyway. Eating healthier, exercising more, studying more, spending less…and the list goes on. What about you? What does your 2K16’s resolution look like?

Amidst of all the planning and coming up with a resolution, these verses came to me. Not to say that they never did, cause this is definitely not my (and I’m sure your) first time reading it. Just that it came in such a moment of drafting and planning and and and…

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.””

‭‭James‬ ‭4:13-15‬ ‭NIV‬

And I am once again reminded of how carried away we can get with planning at times. Not that we can’t plan, cause we’re even told to (read Luke 14:28). But what are our plans all about? Good plans can still be bad ones when planned without God. Mine’s got “me” written all over it. And it’s time for a change.

I used to think “Oh, well. I was selfish and I didn’t include God in my previous resolution. This time I will”. Sounds good, right? 

No. I thought I got it right, but I didn’t.

What do you mean “include God”? By “including God”, we are indirectly putting Him in a box, and then putting that box somewhere in our list of plans. “Including God” translates into having plans so “big” that all the place He’s got is simply being included in it. 

That’s when He gently rebuked me. Your plans can’t INCLUDE God. He’s too big for you to “include”. Instead, are your plans in line with His will? Your plans have to revolve around Him. Better said, you ARE the part of His plans. You are the inclusion. It’s not downplaying your life. In fact, it reminds us of the privilege we are given, to even get to play a part in His big plans.

I don’t wanna start 2016 with the same old self-absorbed me, busy asking myself what plans to make. Not gonna start with another resolution. It’s time for a revolution. This year, let’s start by asking Him what plans He wants us to have instead!

Repost: Hearing From God Through Prayer

Got this from today’s devotional, and I am personally rebuked by it, as I get through my prayers without putting in mind what matters most. Hope it blesses you all the same!

“We all know that a sound relationship is a two-way street. Likewise, so is a proper prayer relationship. Prayer should be a conversation, a dialogue between a child and a Father, between a friend and a Heavenly Friend. So we must make sure that we take time to listen. As important as it is to pray and to record our prayers, it is every bit as important to listen to the Lord.

In Scripture, young Samuel understood how to stop and listen for God’s voice. He didn’t pray, “Listen, Lord, for your servant is speaking.” No, he prayed, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!” (1 Samuel 3:10) It will do us well to follow suit.

It’s a difficult concept to define, this idea of “hearing” the voice of God. But this much I know to be true: When we pray, asking for God’s guidance, He is faithful to direct our steps. He might open or close a door. He might speak to us through a friend. He might prompt in us some word or deed that we never would have discovered ourselves. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” And so, we pray. We tell God with sincere hearts that we desire to pursue His will. We ask Him with boldness and great belief to speak to our hearts and shape our ways.

To put ourselves in the best position to hear from God, we need to set aside a quiet time every day – a time preferably at the beginning of the day – to be alone with God in order to listen to Him, speak with Him, and open His Word. When I follow this prescription, I find the prayer not only changes things, it changes me. It changes my attitude, it changes my priorities, and it gets my life in sync with God’s plan.”

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (‭Psalm‬ ‭143‬:‭8‬ NIV)

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭3‬:‭10‬ NIV)

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭27‬ NIV)

Source: Graham, Jack. 30 Day Prayer Challenge.