Faith

My God is Big

“My God is big / So strong so mighty”

These are the first lines from my song right now, BIG by the Planetshakers (although I prefer the version by the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International), which was introduced to me by Madison Mission Seventh-day Adventist Church.  This is an uplifting, joyful song with few lyrics, but a powerful message that speaks to me in so many ways right now.

Of course, it goes without saying that “My God is good / He’s so good to me”, as I serve an awesome God who is good to me all the time and I will never get tired of saying that, because I’m so unworthy of all of the blessings He bestows upon me.  However, my favourite part of the song are the lyrics, “My God’s plan for me / Goes beyond my wildest dreams”, because all He’s got in store for me is more than I can even imagine in my right now.

I just need to testify a little bit, because my God is doing the most amazing things in my life and He is setting His amazing plan for me into action, without me even showing Him the level of gratitude He deserves.  Yes, I’m more than thankful for everything my God does, but I do not always give Him enough credit or have the level of faith in Him that I should have.  Too often when things are going wrong, I get upset and worry, forgetting about what God has done time and time again.  Instead, I should be remembering that His timing is perfect and He will always come through for me.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been fretting about the launch of my short film to empower youth voice, thinking it won’t happen or it will have to be prolonged again or that people wouldn’t show interest in coming.  Things got down to the wire, but God made sure I that I got a great location so I could have my launch before the end of the year and He’s enabled a number of people to help me, particularly through promotion.  The level of support I’ve received as been amazing and really warmed my heart, and I believe the turn out for next week will better than I could even imagine.

I was worried for a while, even though I knew that I didn’t need to be, because God has got my back.  I know that through Him, this launch is going to be special and act as the start of something that will change the lives of young people, which I believe is His calling for me.

God has shown his goodness and his wonderful mercies in other ways this week, but I know that I need to spend a whole lot more time with Him in prayer before I make some of my other decisions going forward.  For now, all I have to do is live in faith and trust in my Heavenly Father, because “there’s nothing my God cannot do”.

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Tumbling and Turning Thoughts

My mind is like a washing machine, with thoughts and questions tumbling and turning around in my head.  I jump from one point to another, thinking about various aspects of my life and trying to stay positive, not letting the inner demons take over.

Wondering will anything actually go right for me, instead of regularly sinking in the wrong direction or throwing me off course.  However, I need to remember that God always comes through for me and that I need to have faith in Him, faith in what He will do for me, faith in His perfect timing.

I find myself asking, why do people keep leaving me?  Not just friends, but those advising me and helping me through certain endeavours in my life, moving on to pastures anew when I’ve become comfortable and built up trust with them.  However, I need to remember that they’re not specifically leaving me, but just going forward in their life and who am I to prevent them from doing that.

Then there is the issue of love, my heart, the guys in my life.  Oh, the guys in my life.  Why can’t I like the ones who like me, rather than liking the wrong ones or the guys who are never going to like me?  Why does my mind keep coming back to the same guy, who is definitely the wrong guy?  Thinking I’m going to be single for a very long time, that my vision of love doesn’t look like it’s coming anytime soon.  However, I need to remember to be patient and faithful, believing that God will send me the right guy at the right time in my life.

I’m frustrated, I’m upset, I’m conflicted and tired of trying to get things done, but having them go wrong.  Yet I’m thankful, strong enough to get through and getting more resilient all the time.  My God has always helped me through and He will never let me down, so despite all the negative questions and thoughts, I’m holding on.

My Top 5 Books of the Bible

I filled you in on my Top 5 Books on Thursday, and today it’s time for my Top 5 Books of the Bible.  I love getting into the Bible, reading amazing stories of past figures in history, being encouraged by the inspiring words and learning many great lessons from the God who knows what’s best for me.  So here they are, my Top 5 Books of the Bible.

 

5. James

I became properly acquainted with the book of James over the past year or two, when I studied it during one of the quarters for my Sabbath School lesson.  More than that, I also wrote a segment for one of the day’s in the study guide, which was a great achievement for me.  James is an insightful and down-to-earth book, full of messages that are extremely relevant to all of us today and lots of references to faith in action, which I love and value a lot.

 

4. Hebrews

I enjoyed studying Hebrews a little while ago, as it gave me a greater perspective on Jesus as our High Priest.  However, the main reason why I love the book of Hebrews is because of its eleventh chapter, which is my overall favourite chapter in the Bible.  Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter, outlining numerous Biblical figures and the great faith they had in God.  It inspires and encourages me every time I read it.

 

3. Genesis

I love the book of Genesis, because it is full of so many great stories.  This includes the story of Joseph, which is one of my ultimate favourites, rising from adversity at every turn because of his belief and strength in God.  I also love reading the story of Creation, Noah and the ark, and the different stages of Abraham’s life.  It’s also interesting to read about how sin entered the world and that God had a plan in place to save us from the beginning.

 

2. Matthew

Matthew is an amazing book, full of amazing messages and amazing words by Jesus.  I loved the many parables Jesus told and how he always had a sharp, witty comeback when the Pharisees tried to trap Him.  Yet what I love most is the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, which I think are some of the best passages in the Bible.  Reading Matthew was a special experience that really touched me and made me appreciate Jesus even more.

 

1. Esther

Number one has to be Esther.  The story of Esther is my most favourite in the Bible, reading about the beautiful virgin queen who God put in the right place, at the right time, and was able to save her people.  The story of a strong woman in Biblical times is incredibly inspiring to me, especially as women do not always play a prominent place in the Bible.  I’ve read this book numerous times and I never, ever get tired of it, because I love the story that much.

 

There you have it, my Top 5 Books of the Bible and my final Top 5 post in this little series I’ve done.  Thank you for taking the time to read, like and give your feedback on all of the pieces I’ve written.  I just hope you enjoyed them and were able to learn a little more about me, what I like and what makes me tick.  But before I go, tell me, what are your favourite books of the Bible?