Father, You’re Testing My Patience!

Everyone, every Christian, will have their own personal storm(s). I’m going through my own right now! In these times, we need to lean on God more and strap ourselves tightly around him like a child holding his mother’s leg for security. Get your umbrella, it’s about to get rainy.

 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

This is easier said than done. I’m sure you’ve had your moments when you’ve read scriptures, believed them, said a “hallelujah!” but when the time came to live it you flunked. This scripture is definitely one of them. Tell God your problems – that’s the easy part. Feeling more secure afterwards is the hard part. I know God loves me, He wants my worries, He wants my love, He wants to provide for me and take care of me. I know. But that’s easier to know than believe in times of trials. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Philippians 4: 6-7 Okay, Paul, I got you. The answer is prayer. Ceaseless thanksgiving and prayer. 

In times of trial become a supreme Prayer Warrior.

 

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

God is here right now; He is with you. Sometimes we don’t realize it, but He’s always strengthening us. We are made in His image, and let’s be real, God is not a punk so neither are we! Those who hope in Him will renew their strength! And soar like eagles! (Isiah 40:31) God gives us the strength to wake up in the morning and head to bed at night. Even though in troubling times we may want to lay down more often (just to get away from the troubles momentarily) we are soldiers. We are fighting for the winning side!

He’s working alongside me, so I will endure with a smile!

 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

I really love this verse from John. The great God who created Heaven and Earth lives within me, when I have peace it comes from Him. Any fruits from the Holy Spirit when exemplified from me, comes from Him. We fight against the world. But, remember, we’re on the winning side. Christ has already overcome the world – through Him we are already champions! So, a little trial here and there won’t stop us from keeping our heads held high! Whatever you’re going through, whenever you’re going through it, remember God is a conqueror! He has conquered and we conquer with Him! Go in PEACE, remember that the God in you wants to be peaceful, joyful, loving, caring, kind, faithful, good, gentle, with self-control.

In these times, let the God in you shine brighter than before and let the Holy Spirit take control of your body.

 

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1: 3-4

I like to think that we should rejoice in times of trial not only because it will condition us, but also because God sees you as someone who can endure it. He thinks highly of you! Remember Job? Satan had to go to God to seek permission to tempt Job. It’s that way for us as well. Satan had to go to God to get the okay to tempt you temptation, after temptation because you are God’s property. God had to say yes for your trial to begin – because He believes you can handle it. This is a huge compliment from the ALMIGHTY! Rejoice! In these times you will be made complete.

This is your conditioning period. Make the most of it.

A few more words: At the age of 19, I’ve realized that we truly need to surround ourselves with Godliness during harsh times. It will strengthen us. If you need to spend less time with other people and more time with God, do so. Usually, we know what we need to we just don’t do it. This is your test, your heavenly compliment, show God that you can endure it without turning your back on Him no matter how hard it gets. When the going gets tough God gets going… and running, straight to our hearts to soothe us and strengthen us.

One more thing: Smile, Satan hates that.

🙂

Jesus, calm the storm.

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Time Over God: Fitting Him Into Your Schedule, or Your Schedule Into Him

As a college student, I’ve realized one important thing:

My time management sucks!

Lately, I’ve been running around and around trying to do this and that, all at no avail. I was saying to myself, hopefully, I can get this finished before this due date, or read this before this class starts. Gah! This is the life of a (let’s put this in parentheses prospectively over-achieving) student. I can be pretty stern on myself and contradictorily set myself harsh limits while trying to be limitless. Meaning, I’d take 6 classes, a part-time job, and be overly active in campus activities and clubs while trying to maintain A-status, A-grade, and A-face that everyone must go to for assistance/motivation/academic advice/moral support… you get the idea.

At the end of the week I’m beat! I want to sleep, I want to stuff my face due to a heap of stress, I want to shut myself in my room and sleep for weeks on end. But, I’ve got two papers to write, a budget to create for the Math Club (it’s bitter-sweet being VP), I need to put in more hours at work… so, then, no sleep for me. This only leaves me with one brutal question:

What. About. God?!

Sometimes, I get so caught up in time and worldly goals that I’ve left Him for last, or I just scheduled Him in for a weekend Bible Study meeting or Church on Sunday. I’ve realized that, slowly but surely, I became another “Weekend-Christian.” It hurts. I’ve suddenly felt unworthy, more unworthy than ever. I’ve felt as if I certainly don’t deserve the mercy continuously given to me when I give Him a 30-second prayer because I’m too tired from the day’s work to really talk to my Father, or even continue to make blog posts because it subtracts time I could use to study.

We all must understand that, yes, God wants our love; but He also wants some of our time.

How do you show your spouse or parent that you love them? Sometimes, you may buy them a gift, or lend them a sweet word, or spend quality T.I.M.E. with them. It’s the same way with God – only thing is He is Our GOD and therefore, is much more important than a spouse or even a parent. He is Our Creator. Yet, why do we schedule Him in when our days are too hectic?

Pencil Your Schedule Around God, Not Vice Versa

I’ve started to re-evaluate my life and schedule. Some things need to go. I told my boyfriend we can talk more after 5 weeks, but for now I need to focus on some things. As a Christian, and one of my main supporters, he’s very understanding. I may be forced with my own bills, therefore, I HAVE to work but if I didn’t that would have been the next thing to shrink. As a Christian and a college student I have two main daily priorities: God, and school (in that order). Let’s not forget the other titles I hold: daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, etc that are seriously taken into consideration as well.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time” Ephesians 5:15

I freed-up some responsibilities (and mentalities!) so that I could give God my whole day, and not simply pencil Him in. My time must be handled seriously, efficiently, and must be prioritized accordingly. Realize that your day begins with God and ends with Him. Live like that. If God is your day, and your day is God then all other things must be penciled in. So, you wake up to God and praise Him.. then you must pencil in your 9am class… however, during and after class you’re still accompanied by a loving, omnipresent God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33