and the drumbeat carries on…

This song says it all, and so does the music video!

“The right thing to guide us is right here inside us, No one can divide us when the light is nearly gone. But just like a heartbeat the drumbeat carries on.
We must stand together
There’s no giving in
Hand in hand forever
That’s when we all win

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pure joy!

It’s the little things that can speak loudest. The things that require no words, no thoughts, no actions. Sometimes just sitting in the quite can produce amazing things. Like the picture below, dragonflies are my favorite… so when you’re able to be friends with one… instant joy!

God speaks in mysterious ways

God’s love is infinite!

Jeremiah 29:11-13 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

 

The world. Society. School. Media. Friends. Family. The Devil. Ourselves.

The things above are just some of the things that have/will try to deter us from the plan God has set for us. The plan he wants us to follow.

Sometimes our biggest challenge is ourselves. We try to “plan” our life; organize it so it goes the way we want it to. Sometimes our plan may go the way we want for a little while, or maybe it remains stationary, other times it may go the opposite way we planned it to.

I wanna ask the question, why do we try to plan our lives when God straightforwardly tells us that he already has our lives planned. He has made us in his image, to be his child, and to lead a life apart from everyone else; a life of great wonder. It’s important to remember however, that he doesn’t promise us an easy ride. He let’s us know that there will be storms, battles, difficult times, but he will be by our side the entire time.

 

One topic that many of us struggle with is “Love.” Our society often tells us we need to find love while we’re still young and quickly settle down. A lot of our search for a partner seems to be based highly on what we “think we need” and less on what “God knows we need.” We rush to find someone to settle down with. Maybe we make ourselves believe we are with the right person because everyone else thinks that person is great. Or maybe we’ve become blind to what we really want because we’ve settled for what we can get right now. Other times we believe we have found “the one,” we’re truly happy, maybe for a long period of time… and then unexpectedly things start falling apart… it’s moments like those when we can lose sight of ourselves.

It can be hard because we are physical beings, we find comfort in being able to talk with friends, family and coworkers about our  romantic relationships and hear their feedback. But what we should be doing is [willingly] giving our hearts entirely to God. TRUST HIM. Should we let the people in our lives play god just because their input is instant and it’s easier than waiting for God’s input? Sure, life may seem easier that way, but in the end would we really be happy?

 

We need to let God know that we will wait for that special someone he has planned for us because he made us all, and because we do trust him.

Think about it, He knows you and he knows everyone else, who better than to pick the person you should spend your life with than the one who knows everything about them?  God is our maker and he is a real “match-maker.”

“God doesn’t give you the people that you want. He gives you the people that you need to hurt you, to love you, to teach you, to break you, to turn you into the person you’re supposed to be.”  ~ a quote I saw online.

So yes, waiting for the love that God has planned for us will be difficult, but in the meantime, believe that in a sense God says, “You don’t have to worry about love. As long as I’m existing, you will be loved.” We may never find that one person to spend “forever” with like the media tells us we should… maybe we’re not supposed to. Many of us rely on others to make life beautiful when all we really need is God and ourselves. He is our one true love, always and forever. We can depend on him.

His love is pure, it’s true, it’s honest, and it’s worth it. Let us trust in the greatest love of all, God’s love. May we trust in him and his plan. He knows what he is doing! It’s hard to be patient. To trust fully in God and his plan. But when we do, our life will be plentiful and amazing.

 

One thing that I have learned is…

My life may not be going the way I planned it, but it is going EXACTLY the way God planned it!

His love never fails…

“I CAN’T BRAG ABOUT MY LOVE FOR GOD BECAUSE I FAIL HIM DIALY. BUT I CAN BRAG ABOUT HIS LOVE FOR ME BECAUSE IT NEVER FAILS.” ~Unknown

“She is clothed in Strength and Dignity, and she Laughs without fear of the future.” ~Unknown

Dear God.

Dear God, I do want to thank you for all that I have!

Wow, sitting and reflecting upon all that is in my life, I’m at a loss of words. Have you ever really stopped to think about what you have? Between family and friends, a roof over my head, food and water, electricity, running water, a computer, clothing, an education… I feel spoiled, in a sense I guess you could say I am.

It’s like hearing stories about people who have next to nothing and yet happiness leads their life. Maybe the quote “less is more” is true.

Many of us will sit and send prayer requests to God; don’t get me wrong, that exactly what we should do. But we should also be thanking him. And not just for the things we have.

We should be thanking him for the air we breathe, the capability to love and respect one another, the ability to spread His love around the world. We should thank him for being a patient God, one who will listen to ALL we have to say whether we’re praising him or asking him to help us understand when in our moments of weakness.  He is our Father, lover, best friend. He is exactly what we need. He is what we should be thankful for.

God created the universe. The Earth and everything on it. He knew which colors in the sky would set our hearts on fire and knew that even the smallest things can make our hearts flutter with joy. Sometimes we need a sky full of colors to make us happy, other times all we need is a strangers smile. No matter how big or small, God knows what we need. He knows when we’re feeling most alone, it’s then that we should listen closely to what he may have to say.

Dear God,

Thank you for all that I have, and all that you have in store for me. Please forgive the world, I know that we do not thank you nearly as much as we should. Often we take things for granted and lust over things that we do not need. I pray for those who do not have things as easily as I do; for those who face suffering daily, may they find peace and comfort in you for you are a just God.

Psalm 91 – He loves and protects us always.

success looks like this… clearly

ain't this the truth...

Hope this makes you giggle and exhale a frustrated sigh all at the same time.

If ever there were a “path to success” this would be it. Next time someone asks, just grab a piece of paper, scribble a little on it, and pass it their way.

It’s funny cause if you think about your own path of success, you can almost picture all of the crazy turns that have been involved, the overlapping steps, times you wanted to go right but life took you left, the straight periods when you thought it was all going to work out only to realize you were going backwards… you name it, it was just another part of your success story. And thank God for the arrow on the end, cause our success stories have no end. Even after the Lord has called us home, the things we did in our lifetime will leave an impact on others (whether it’s big or small). It’s never-ending. Beautiful. 

So next time you sit there, frustrated because you feel as though your success story is more of a “failure story,” remind yourself it’s anything but. Everyday that we survive, even if there were no obstacles to overcome, is a success.