It is very important that we believe in ourselves even when nobody around us seems to believe in us. Many times we have to be our own motivators in order for us to move from this spot of our life to the next spot of our life. We have to realize that God does not, has not and will not create anything without a plan and purpose behind it. Every living being is here for a reason and even though we may struggle, we may doubt or we may believe that our life is insignificant, we should remember the many lives throughout Scripture who did extraordinary things because God was with them, guided their steps and led them to their promised land. Moses who led the children of Israel out of Egypt and towards their promised land doubted his ability as we read in Exodus 4:10-12 “Then Moses said to the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue. So the Lord said to him, Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” (Jeremiah 1:4-9) (Jeremiah 31:3)
It is never in our own strength or ability that we triumph over the obstacles because it is the Lord who goes before us making our crooked paths straight. We read this truth in Isaiah 45:2-3 “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.” Let us continue on our life’s journey with a quiet confidence knowing that God is with us, not because we deserve it, but because God is merciful and gracious and wishes to see His children rise above and be victorious over every trial and every challenge that comes their way. May we be believers and not doubters trusting in the One who has not, can not and will not fail us. (Psalm 138:6-8) (Psalm 86:1-17)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to believe in yourself again and know that you are meant to do great things.
I CAN DO IT! - SO CAN YOU!
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
I started writing late in life. The credit for whatever I may have accomplished goes to God, my husband, and my parents and other relatives. When I started school, I did not know what was expected of me, so I would sit at my desk and cry, or chew on a pencil, an eraser, a ruler, or a crayon. I was what someone once called a "crayon eater." In other words, I began school not "understanding the rules."
But whose rules? Do you need rules to become an artist, a musician, a writer?
On my first day of school, not understanding what the teacher expected of me, I just cried, and ate the chalk. (*Another one of my stories). Then, as I proceeded to the higher grades, I still did not understand what it was that my “betters” required of me... In the second grade the teacher shook me because I didn't understand how to add. Well, let me tell you, Mrs. White, since becoming an adult, I have worked as a bookkeeper; and even now, as a senior, I do people's income tax.... In the fourth grade I was told I read too slowly. Too slowly for what? Did it matter Mrs. Robinson? I still can tell you exactly what grade I was in, and where I was sitting in class, when a certain piece of knowledge entered my brain. Slow to get there? Perhaps, but the knowledge was permanent.
It was in the seventh grade that the teacher told me I gave up too easily, and would never amount to anything. Thanks Mr. McKenzie! But because of a supportive husband, who will never let me give up, I have been able to prove you wrong... My grade eight teacher flung my book across the floor, after reading one of my GOOD stories, telling me that I must have cheated. That couldn't have been MY story. I wasn't bright enough to compose anything that intelligent. Well, Mrs. Jordan. If you were living, and I could find you, I would tell you that you were wrong. In fact, I may even stick my tongue out at you, as I would have done then, had I dared. I have not only composed many stories, but I have written a book, and I write poetry, stories and articles on a regular basis.
In the tenth grade my typing teacher told me I would never make a typist. Wrong again. Not only have I worked as a secretary, I am typing now, am I not? Where are you, Mrs. Yand? In heaven, I hope.
I could go on, but the point of this essay is not to tell the world about my accomplishments: they are few. It is to encourage anyone reading this that YOU CAN DO IT. Don't let anyone discourage you from fulfilling your dreams.
If I CAN DO IT, so Can You!
When life throws its daggers and arrows your way,
Never stagger, nor falter, nor weakness display.
Stand up to your foe. Look him straight in the face.
Don’t let problems beat you, nor cause you disgrace.
It’s YOUR life to rule, so YOU take control.
Keep your eyes straight ahead.
Don’t lose sight of your goal.
Psalm 123:1 “Unto thee lift I up mine eyes. O thou that dwellest in the heavens.”
By Helen Dowd
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
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Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
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In Christ’s Service,
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