And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27 KJV)
While I physically feel like it will take me forever to type out this post, I am adamant to get it done. Whenever I am facing a hardship ( usually ) and I feel that tugging on my heart and conscience to carry out something for The Lord, I tend to think about the scroll story Jeremiah and Baruch had to dictate and write in the book of Jeremiah chapter 36. The fact that he had to rewrite by hand a message from The Lord after the first one was burned up took great effort mentally and physically. Obedience plays a major factor. Its repercussions can result in good or bad reaping and sowing on the life of others as well as yourself. In today’s day and age we have computers and touch screens as well as voice recognition to help us dictate our writings. So though my hands are throbbing like crazy, I have no excuse as to why I cannot go forward.
On to the message.
For some days now, the topic dealing with being optimistic vs pessimistic has been heavily on my mind. I have had a full plate mentally as I have had to make choices as sorrow and tears have come over me. The enemy surely will ride your back when it comes to having to do what’s right, speak what’s right and do what’s right. Doubt kicks in and attempts to take over.
What a conniving liar he is. Spiritual battles are not easy but rest assured they are easier to get through when we wait patiently on The Lord and lean not to our own understanding and thoughts of how we feel things should go. The process may seem long and full of sorrow and suffering but I am here to tell you that the storm shall soon pass. Just hold on!
Like a maze that knowingly puts you at multiple dead ends, it’s easy to give up and call it quits. All you see is NO WAY OUT. You will think and speak negatively.
Do you realize that you are speaking this into the atmosphere?
On the other hand, allowing yourself to stop and think with an open and clear mind, possibilities are endless. Especially when you seek help from God. There’s no way you will be stuck forever if you rely on Him for help.
If we trust God, then why not look UP and believe that He will make a way out of what may seem to be no way.
Speaking truth and promises of The Lord into the atmosphere is what we should be doing no matter how long it takes. This is when our faith needs to be kicking down doubt and standing fast to what we believe.
Obstacles come and go. Some hurdles may be higher than others but allow perseverance to keep you moving especially when you know that God is able to do exceedingly more than what we imagine He can.
I grew up around people with negative attitudes. It felt like it was 24/7. At a young age, I seen that having that type of mindset was not how I wanted to live. Yes, television can give you false hope and perception of having a perfect life and all as a kid , but I must say that I had this inner burning desire to come up out of the mental pit that tried to consume me.
Always staring out of the window or dreaming of how I wanted my life to be gave me hope even before I gave my life to The Lord. I use to talk to God at night or when I was alone asking and begging Him to help me. I felt lost, alone and hopeless at times yet I found myself picking myself up and finding reasons to smile because I just knew that one day…. ONE DAY my prayers were going to be answered!
Despite the influence that was around me, despite what looked like “it’s never going to happen” I chose to believe in the unseen.
Like so much of the horrible things that this life seems to bring, I can always keep an optimistic attitude that one day there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears and no more hatred because God said so.
I believe in Him and I believe what He says! He’s not a liar and He can not go back on His word.
So while I may still ask myself time to time why do I smile so much or why do I choose to have an optimistic attitude about life even when my natural eye sees the worse, its because God placed this attribute; this characteristic way of thinking inside of me for a reason even before I ever came to know Him better than I have so many years ago. I’m still a work in progress but my hope for myself and for you will not stop because I’m a believer!
God has blessed me and favored me many times over. He has seen past my faults and negative thinking and saw the best in me. He knows my potential and what I am capable of doing. He knows this for you too!
So why not decide today to take a leap of faith and a mindset to start thinking positively for yourself and for the future? What do you have to lose?!!
Troubles of this world will not end until God brings it all to a halt. Why wait to have optimism later on when you can have it today. God’s word ( Holy Bible) is full of promises and instructions. It’s full of hope for the poor, the weak, the broken hearted, the ailing, the widow, the hopeless and weary in soul. We have been given direction and a peace of mind we can take hold on to. He gave us Jesus Christ, He has given us a Comforter. The Holy Spirit.
Dear Reader, I encourage you to not grow faint and weary. Do not give up. God will show up right on time. His timing is better than any. Patience will take you a long way. The growing process and the knowledge it brings can only bring forth great gain for it can help someone else down the road. God can turn trials to triumphs, losses to victories, tears of sorrow to tears of joy, mourning to rejoicing and negative thinking to positive ones if we take hope and cling to it in Him.
Voluntarily place yourself on the Potter’s Wheel and ask to be made over, refined and made whole with a better sense of thinking, understanding and patience as you count it all joy for His glory and the betterment of yourself as His child and as a living example to the many blessings and miracles that He has done in your life when the world sees no hope.
Hope. Trust. Believe. ❤
O Lord , you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord , you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalms 139:1-24 ESV)
Thank You Terra, I needed to hear this today and it was really good.
You are welcome Sis! God is good and His timing is awesome! I’m lifting you up in prayer with love! Be encouraged always T. ❤
Very timely, and on interesting subject matter. It is a time when so much things is completing for the mind, finding a balance in all this, is to be optimistic, notwithstanding the inevitable. Very comforting to know that ” With God, All Things Are Possible”
Thank you for such rich words as you have summed up my thoughts! I pray for us all to stay on the path of righteousness that will keep us from falling into a pit that’s misleading, causing us to lose hope and focus on Who’s true and faithful. All things are possible with God! Let us speak it into the atmosphere and lay hold to it!
God bless you always….
Terra, obedience is critical even when we are weak. It is best at our weakest times because He is strong. Yes, God does the impossible. May God give you the strength and courage to serve Him wholeheartedly, even when your body is at odds against you. Awesome post filled with encouragement. God is awesome ! Be encouraged in body, mind , and spirit.
I agree with you Shenine. Obedience is critical especially when we are weak. God is strong beyond measure and it that I trust. Whether its mental or physical weakness, we can prevail! As our Solid Rock, our foundation is strong in Him. May we always strive ahead and be about His will all of our days. Thank you so much for the kind words and uplifting encouragement. God is a wonderful Counselor and I am thankful for being His vessel sharing with you all.
May God wrap you up in the “peace that passes all understanding” in the coming year.
Thank you dear brother for speaking life , truth and comfort over me. God bless you in the coming year. Happy New Year!
YES! Wonderful share dear sister. We ALWAYS triumph in Christ, no matter how we feel or how things may SEEM. Being in Christ and knowing our names are written in the lambs book of life, is our greatest joy and should keep our positive perspective each and every day!
Love you and have a happy new year! xoxo
Amen!! Amen!!! Thank you dear sister for stirring my fire for The Lord up and out! I rejoice in His truths and I take hold to knowing Who I belong to and where my name is written! Praise The Lord! The scripture below spoke volumes to me late last night. We have HOPE! Our Father has given us so much in and through His Son that we should live and breathe with an optimistic no matter what the wind blows our way. God bless you and keep you healthy and prosperous in Him. Happy New Year Patricia and family!!
The Word says: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 NKJV)
Yes, Lord, YES!! Ooooh I’m so grateful! Can’t wait to head to church in a little while and celebrate all He’s done for us as this year ends. I know 2013 will be a wonderful one for us all!
Amen!! Have a wonderful evening as you bring in the New Year! God has been so good to us!! Rejoice! Looking forward to bringing in new memories this coming year. 🙂
I look forward to God’s continued abundance of blessings upon you Terra. Happy New Year to you and your family and many, many blessings to you…Robin
I look forward as well Robin! Thank you for your friendship and encouragement. Happy New Year to you and your family as well!
Love and blessings in The Lord,
Hi dear Terra, thank you for looking past your infirmities and sharing from your heart what God had placed in it, you have blessed me and I’m sure many others.
When we read the Scripture you shared, we may be confused because God tells us to Love our enemies and do good to them, not hate them as King David said and seek revenge but this is were we need to seek God for His understanding and not depend on what we think or what others tell us in the flesh . No we do not have to accept the wrong they do, God doesn’t but He would not tell us to Love them if He didn’t, He is Love and can be no other way but He hates sin even though willing to forgive us after heart repentance..
I’m going to leave you with one word Terra, it is an answer to one of my calls to God for help recently, I’m seeking to put together a Post to share all about it but when I started reading your message God impacted me with the certainty that His answer was for you too.
God bless you dear Sister in The Lord, I do indeed look forward to sharing with you again this year.
Glad to see you stop by. Thank you. You are welcome for the post. God can direct our thoughts and focus when we look to Him for everything. I agree that we are not to hate others but to love. The Bible has given us many accounts of what others have done wrong and as examples we are to learn just as they did.
Life is one big journey. May we walk in the counsel of our Lord and seek to always have the fruits of the Spirit with us and to have an optimistic attitude in through adversity. We have hope in Him.
Blessings to you in Christ Jesus,
Thank you Terra, it came to my mind again when I read your reply and of course it is the focus of your message in this Post, something that has been impacting me for a few days.
Philippians 4 ( 8- 9 ) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Christian Love – Anne
You are welcome Anne. Always know that you are in my heart and that prayers are lifted up as you and my fellow brothers and sisters face challenges. This is something we all encounter though we seek to align our words, actions and thoughts with those of The Lord.
Thank you for adding the scripture. It’s one of my favorite! It blesses my heart and redirects my thoughts.
Let’s start 2013 with optimism! 🙂
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God bless you!
Thank you, Terra, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂
Thank you Subhan! Blessings and love back to you in The Lord always!