Seeing IN God’s LENS

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18, NIV).

” ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’ ” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV). 

” ‘Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?’ says the Lord. ‘Do I close up the wound when I bring to delivery?’ says your God” (Isaiah 66:9, NIV)

 

Yesterday was the start of a new month, so I asked God to give me a divine revelation. HE DID! Ain’t God good?!!?

During my TAWG (time alone with God), I read Song of Songs chapters 5 and 6, and I realized how intimate the beloved and lover are. I told God, “Lord, I want my husband and I to be very intimate, but I want us to be intimate with you.” Then I read a couple of articles about what intimacy means to the Christian, and one of the points was that you can’t be intimate with someone if you don’t know yourself, and you can’t truly know yourself if you don’t know God and how He sees you. That brings me to my revelation: my

SINGLENESS is  Seeing IN God’s LENs

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I dismissed this at the time, but this morning I realized that the Holy Spirit used my corniness and my love of words to reveal to me what has been head knowledge for so long! Thank you, Holy Spirit.

Being single is not a curse, it is not a punishment from God, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be loved, it doesn’t mean that God has forgotten you. I wrestle with these thoughts (strongholds) regularly. No more! I’ve been so busy thinking about whether or not I will be married that I’ve been missing out on what God is doing in me in the here and now. I believe that God purges you, opens your eyes and ears and heart, molds you, and shapes you in this season for Himself, so that His purpose will be fulfilled in you! And if a spouse comes along, the more the merrier 🙂

Seeing (myself, my story, my journey, my future, etc) IN (from) God’s Lens (perspective). That is the most important thing in life. Apply this to all areas of your life, not just singleness.

I’m actually excited to start this new journey. I have said before that I’ve embraced my singleness, but now I embrace it because I know God is working in me, doing something that I can only learn this season, and I don’t want to miss out on it anymore! I want to know God, know who I am in Him, see things the way He sees them; I want to be in God’s heart and mind! And when the time is right for me and my husband  to walk in covenant together, we will be seeing each other, our marriage, our children, our home, our ministry, and others through God’s lens.

To all my single people, don’t fret your singleness, embrace it, even if you are the only single person in your group! Thrive, because God is working in you! Let this period be the period where you get to know yourself, God, and His ways!! Be intimate with God; know Him, know you (No Him, No you).

Do no forget that God has already given you the strength to live fully in this season. Start choosing to see things from your Father’s eyes. It’s refreshing!

Grace and peace to you.

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Help Wanted

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“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me” (Psalm 54:4, NIV).

Being an unemployed young lady, seeing a “Help Wanted” sign makes me happy because I know that I have a chance of getting hired. But honestly, what really gets me excited is the fact that I get to help those who need it! In case you haven’t guessed it, I love to help people. I don’t really know why, but I thank God that He has put the desire in me to even want to help those around it. He is teaching me to help them the way they need it, not the way I think they should be helped.

Anyway, I’ve been privileged to be in the position of helping those around me who needed help, either through prayer or helping them move things around or simply being there for them. It’s been an absolute pleasure as well! Lately I’ve been thinking to myself that I could be a professional helper, living day by day, having clients I can help. That actually makes me happy! God’s will be done hahaha!!

Today, however, I realized that I can only help for so long. What am I talking about? I am tired! I don’t think I’ve ever felt so tired before. I kept thinking to myself today: how can I be of help to anyone when I’m even too tired to move from point A to point B? As I was thinking about this, I realized that God never gets tired! Can you imagine that?! Imagine the billions of people in the world; now imagine the millions who pray daily to Him for help. Still, He reaches out to people, wanting to help them. So, when David said that God is his sustainer, I know what he means.

The people I have been privileged to help only had me for a few hours– this is not to boast, but to show my own limitations as a human being. But God is ALWAYS there! He is always ready to be of help to us, to take our burdens, to give us rest; plus, He is everlasting, the ever present help when we need it. So, friends, when in need of help, go to God! He will be there for you, every step of the way! Man can only help for so long until he gets tired or weak or disinterested. But God made you, and yes, He wants to be there for you! Turn to Him!

Focus on the Unseen

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2nd Corinthians 4:18, NIV).

The above passage is one of my favorite passages for various reasons. For one, Paul, my spiritual mentor, wrote it; secondly, it is a passage that helped me focus on Jesus when I first became a believer; also, I used to memorize it and it reminded me of my future, which is in and with God in Heaven.

But how quickly we forget these truths, especially as we grow in our faith. Well, at least I’m speaking for myself.

Today has been a tough one for me. I have been internally struggling with myself and asking God to reveal Himself to me. You see, I desire to hear God, I desire to see Him move in a mighty way in my life, and I am excited for what He is doing; but I find myself getting weary because all I keep thinking about is when will God do it?! Maybe you can tell, but waiting is not really my forte– I know God is working on me.

I want to see God do something miraculous in my life and God is showing me, even as I am writing, how microwaveable I want it. I woke up this morning with an uncomfortable feeling in my mouth. I don’t even know how to describe it– it’s like something is moving back and forth inside my lower gum. I prayed that God should take it away because it was a familiar feeling; but the last time I had it was when I was still living Nigeria. Anyway, I prayed and it went away! I was so happy! But after my morning routine the feeling came back and it has been there since. I hate being uncomfortable, so you can imagine what I’m feeling right now. On top of that, I have been thinking about how I would go about the fundraising I have to do. I found myself asking God, “What’s going on? Why aren’t you moving?” 

It’s in the midst of this that the aforementioned verse came to my mind– I needed to hear from God, to focus on something other than what’s making my heart troubled; plus I wanted God to tell me what to write about. Like I said, this was a verse I memorized, but I didn’t do a good job memorizing the scripture because I was so sure it was in  Philippians 4:18; God being God gently corrected me. Anyway, I read the verse but  I felt in my heart that I needed to get a context for it so I read the book from chapter 1. Paul is basically talking about the new life we have in Jesus and the glory that comes with it, how the glory is great. He also talks about how the present sufferings we are experiencing pale in comparison to the glory of God, and this glory, this hope, (ought to) encourages us to not lose heart (2nd Corinthians 4:1, 16). And verse 18 is the conclusion of that admonition.

So, what does that have to do with me? Well, for one, it humbled me and reassured me that focusing on God is the way to go! I consider the feeling in my mouth a trouble because it is actually very uncomfortable, but the God who knows the intricacies of my body will fix it. Also, in regards to my fundraising, I just have to fix my eyes on God because I am doing His work, so He is with me. Whatever it is I am facing pales in comparison to the eternal glory of our God! When I get to Heaven I won’t be thinking about the money I need to raise or the body part that isn’t functioning properly. When I get to Heaven I’ll be with my Creator, beholding Him in the fullness of His glory! That is what I am looking forward to. And to spend eternity with God… My human mind can’t even begin to comprehend that!

What then? As I go about today, I’ll keep reminding myself to keep on keeping my eyes on God because whatever I need, ease or money or comfort or whatever else, I can get only from Him! Friends, keep focusing on God and everything else will work itself out because He is in control. Everything else is so temporary, so why focus on them? Let us focus on the One who was, is, and is to come!