Optimism vs Pessimism : With God, All Things Are Possible

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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)

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Running after Love: Seeking the Heart of God (re-post)

Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within! Bless Your holy name!

What a peace and joy that overflows in my heart this morning! I slept well and it feels good. Haven’t had much of that for a while. Well I want to share my heart and my prayers with you first of all. God is wonderful, magnificent, mighty, powerful, gracious, and the list goes on! My heart is reaching out to His people this morning. How can I not pray for you? Tears flow from my eyes hoping and praying that you stand firm in belief that God will supply you with everything that you NEED.

“Good morning Father, I come thanking you for being You, never failing to watch over us and seeing after our welfare. May all that we think, say and do be for your kingdom. Show us your ways, your precepts for our daily living. Refresh and renew our way of thinking. Please stir up that fire within our belly to seek you daily. Remove the scales from our eyes that we may see clearly; to be of help to those in this world who need to be uplifted and encouraged through their hardships. May your spirit fall fresh on us this day.

Oh praise your name my Lord! Praise, honor and glory are Yours! May you guide us always, helping us to take up our cross daily to follow you. In all things may we repent of our wrong doing and turn from sinful ways that keep us from doing right. Thank you for the breath of life yet another day. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

What a refreshing thought to know that God is of love. He is LOVE. What a true and loving Father to us all that he is… wanting the best for us. I was reading my daily emails and such a sweet message fell on my heart. I always said that I wanted to be a woman after God’s own heart for years and I do strive to do that to this day, but I need to pursue Him more. I do not want to become complacent knowing that I have my knight in shining amor available to me when I want Him.

I NEED HIM.

I need to actively pursue Him. He loves me and I love Him. I desire to want the things that He wants, to live my life according to the will set for me, to walk in the calling that has my name written on it. I need to run like never before. Run after The One who gives me everything I need and blesses me more and more each day even though I don’t deserve. If I don’t have anything else, I should be content with just Him.

“What will it take?”, I ask myself.

A lot of dedication, praying, seeking His guidance, denying the flesh of what I want. I need to take up my cross daily, read His Word and embed it into my heart. The Holy Spirit has prompted my heart at times over various things, brought to remembrance scriptures that has been food for my soul for such a time as this. Thinking on these things, I think it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes and go after the Love of my life. I never want to settle and become “comfortable”.

My desire is that we all seek to be that man/woman after God’s own heart. I pray that we put on our running shoes and run like never before. It is never too late. He is waiting on you and myself like a gentleman. He won’t force himself upon us. The best part is that we won’t have to wait until we get to the finish line to run into His arms. He is right beside us!

Much love, prayer, blessings and encouragement for you this day and those granted to each and every one of you…..

~ Terra

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Running after Love: Seeking the Heart of God

Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within! Bless Your holy name!

What a peace and joy that overflows in my heart this morning! I slept well and it feels good. Haven’t had much of that for a while. Well I want to share my heart and my prayers with you first of all. God is wonderful, magnificent, mighty, powerful, gracious, and the list goes on! My heart is reaching out to His people this morning. How can I not pray for you? Tears flow from my eyes hoping and praying that you stand firm in belief that God will supply you with everything that you NEED.

“Good morning Father, I come thanking you for being You, never failing to watch over us and seeing after our welfare. May all that we think, say and do be for your kingdom. Show us your ways, your precepts for our daily living. Refresh and renew our way of thinking. Please stir up that fire within our belly to seek you daily. Remove the scales from our eyes that we may see clearly; to be of help to those in this world who need to be uplifted and encouraged through their hardships. May your spirit fall fresh on us this day.

Oh praise your name my Lord! Praise, honor and glory are Yours! May you guide us always, helping us to take up our cross daily to follow you. In all things may we repent of our wrong doing and turn from sinful ways that keep us from doing right. Thank you for the breath of life yet another day. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

What a refreshing thought to know that God is of love. He is LOVE. What a true and loving Father to us all that he is… wanting the best for us. I was reading my daily emails and such a sweet message fell on my heart. I always said that I wanted to be a woman after God’s own heart for years and I do strive to do that to this day, but I need to pursue Him more. I do not want to become complacent knowing that I have my knight in shining amor available to me when I want Him.

I NEED HIM.

I need to actively pursue Him. He loves me and I love Him. I desire to want the things that He wants, to live my life according to the will set for me, to walk in the calling that has my name written on it. I need to run like never before. Run after The One who gives me everything I need and blesses me more and more each day even though I don’t deserve. If I don’t have anything else, I should be content with just Him.

“What will it take?”, I ask myself.

A lot of dedication, praying, seeking His guidance, denying the flesh of what I want. I need to take up my cross daily, read His Word and embed it into my heart. The Holy Spirit has prompted my heart at times over various things, brought to remembrance scriptures that has been food for my soul for such a time as this. Thinking on these things, I think it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes and go after the Love of my life. I never want to settle and become “comfortable”.

My desire is that we all seek to be that man/woman after God’s own heart. I pray that we put on our running shoes and run like never before. It is never too late. He is waiting on you and myself like a gentleman. He won’t force himself upon us. The best part is that we won’t have to wait until we get to the finish line to run into His arms. He is right beside us!

Much love, prayer, blessings and encouragement for you this day and those granted to each and every one of you…..

~ Terra

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