Fitting It Together

Am I the only one that feels that life is a huge jigsaw puzzle with a million and five pieces? And we work tirelessly trying to put it together. Since we’re on the subject of puzzles, here are a few interesting tips for putting one together. When setting up to assemble a puzzle, sort the pieces that have the same colors or features in a group. Another helpful thing to do is start the puzzle by fitting the corners together.  Then assemble the puzzle by sections. One of the most important steps is to use the finished picture as a point of reference or guide. After writing these suggestions, I was even more convinced that life is like a puzzle. Sounds crazy, right?!

Our lives are grouped in certain sections that need to fit together in order to become a whole masterpiece.  There’s God, family, work, friends, hobbies, health, and those extra things which make up our lives (just to name a few). Each part is a group.  Like any puzzle, there are pieces that fit but do not connect easily. So it is with life, we make hard decisions for the betterment of ourselves. Let’s take a look at my marriage and relationship with God.
There are times I want to argue with my spouse to prove my point. But, I must constantly remind myself that a soft word turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1). On days when I succeed at bridling my tongue, I sometimes have a war within. In my mind, i’m screaming, “Why?!?, Why?!? I need to respond back! I must have my say! WWWhhhyyy, do I have to be quiet?” I may not understand at that moment because I want to act a fool, but my silence is building and not tearing down my marriage. Plus, a section of my puzzle is being constructed, self-control. How many heated fellowships could we avoid, if we controlled our tongues? Or what about when I succeed on a consistent basis, to force my body to awaken for prayer early in the morning, knowing that I would love to sleep another extra hour? I’m forming another area of my puzzle called faithfulness. It is mandatory that I meet with God. He’s been waiting on me all night. God has never ditched one of our dates!

There are so many areas of life we must keep building to complete the sections of our puzzle. Our point of reference is the Bible and prayer. There is no way, I would’ve made it this far in life without those two things. Keep placing the pieces of life in their proper position with direction from God. In the end, a spectacular work of art will be created – a better you.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Galations 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!Be not weary in well doing…

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An Unfading Love

God loves you us so much! Many times we often forget his love is unconditional. There is no sin too big nor small that will make him stop loving us. “For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.” (Living Bible, Romans 8:38-39)
Think about this: Have you ever prayed for God to deliver or keep you from doing a particular thing that is not Christ like? (I have, numerous of times.) Only to commit the same transgression about 2.5 seconds after praying. Then the enemy quickly bombards you with feelings of guilt and plants seeds that God doesn’t love you anymore because of the bad deed. Satan will even tell you to stop praying because God is not listening. That’s a lie!! Never, ever allow your heart to receive such a thing. God hates sin, but not us. Repent and keep decreeing the word over yourself. The change will come. God shows his love to us in so many ways. We make it safely to our destinations, he answers our prayers, we have food to eat, transportation, a bed, we’re in our right minds… the list goes on and on.
Listen, the biggest act of his love was him dying on the cross for our sins. He did not have to suffer, if he didn’t want to. “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Living Bible, Romans 5:8) He knows we are going to falter in this life. Nevertheless, his love for us will not change.

Embrace God’s love in your life. He will show you, if you let him.

 

 

 

Waiting…

I will never forget the day my cousin Tekoa and I were picking up lunch from Pollo Tropical. She was sitting in the passenger seat flipping through the pages of a magazine. She quickly stopped while looking at an article featuring Senator (at that time) Barack Obama. She said, “He is going to run for president.” My first thought was, “I have no clue who Barack Obama is.” My response was, “Wow!” We talked a few more minutes about Obama and perused through the photos.

Four years after that conversation, Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the United States of America. He went through a process to set him in preparation to lead our nation. I can not begin to fathom the barriers he had to fight along the way. He not only had to endure the stress of fully learning the United States’ political system, but also overcoming racial inequalities. In addition, listening to those who told him he couldn’t accomplish such a difficult task. I’m pretty sure President Obama had enough opposition to not try, but thankfully he did!
President Obama’s perseverance gave hope to many people who stopped believing. He rewrote history for many lives. His waiting process groomed him into something great. This is a perfect example of what’s available to us. We must never take our refining time for granted. If God has confirmed a specific result to you, hold on to it! Our wait does not necessarily mean no, it means “wait.” You must continue to work on the task before you with all diligence. God knows when it’s time for us to be presented before others.
Think about this… What great impacts will you make after the waiting process? Allow God to groom you for his glory.

1 Peter 5:7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

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