FIRST OFF, let me start by saying what God has for you, IS FOR YOU! There is nothing or no one that could ever come between what God has for your life!
Y’all know I must be excited to start off this way! But literally, here I am wrapping up what is a day I’ve literally cried over as it approached and now I’m going to bed smiling because of how well the day turned out.
There is a message in this post, but to get there I need to be real. So, let’s go! This whole year I have completely stressed myself out time and time again. In the beginning, it was all about what I would do after graduation, then I got accepted into my MBA program. [God did it!] Then it was where will I live, I ended up with an apartment. [God did that too!] Then it was how in the world will I maintain 4-5 streams of income and pursue a master’s degree as a full-time student? Then came today, and everything went EXCEPTIONALLY well! [God did it again!] I literally can’t even put into words how well it went! But, I’ve said all of my business to tell you to “Keep It, Classy”!
When I say I was stressed, I mean stressed stressed! I cried a lot, my boyfriend caught every bit of the backlash from my stress, and my body didn’t want to act right! It got so bad that I got into with my parents over a situation that would ultimately work out because it’s for me. There were times I repeatedly said that I had no options but yet here I am! With that being said, I’ll repeat myself, WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU, IS FOR YOU! I literally had people trying to sabotage my success, and here we are standing and better than ever. It doesn’t matter what or who tries, nothing can stop what God has written in His plan for you. Not to sound clichéd, but the word is the word and its words ring true.
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.
God has a plan for each one of us, and as his children He desires to see us prosper! Only He knows the entire story and that it is why we must depend on Him. In the first part of this year, there were so many times, that I didn’t trust God’s plan. I felt like time was chasing me down, and not in a cute “I’m catching up and about to pass baton to you” way, but in one of those “girl, if I get a hold to you, I’m going to hurt you” words from your mother kind of way. Perfect example, my apartment situation. Whew, y’all don’t even want to know how I felt about that. But it literally took months before I gave it over to God. The same day I gave it over to God, was the same day it was worked out. I’m ashamed that it took that long, like the woman with the issue of blood. It wasn’t until she had exhausted all resources that she went to Jesus, I was the same. Then one morning I was reminded of who my God is and I let him know. I got so real in prayer time getting ready for church one morning. I prayed, “God you understand my heart and my intentions. You are the same God who owns everything in this world. You own the cattle on a thousand hills. So what is a one bedroom apartment in the city of Monroe to you? Oh how minute that is compared to who you are and what is yours.” And I promise, before I even made it home from Sunday dinner after church, it was worked out. By that Tuesday, I was signing the papers for my new apartment. So months of crying, stressing, planning to go against all I had ever been taught, was worked out in less than 48 hours once I surrendered to the Father and His will for my life.
The thing about life is that it’s not so much about the product in the end, but how we endure the process. Things that seemed like mountains to me at times, now feel like pebbles as I reflect. I stressed for nothing. I went through with no class and instead of being cute with it, I was TORE UP!! Don’t be like me. I went through this so you wouldn’t have to.
As I was talking this over with Mike, he reminded me of a scripture.
Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
Luke 22: 31-32
I can relate to Simon. What the Devil wanted to do to me failed because prayers have gone forth on my behalf. And although my faith wavered, it did not fail. And now that I have an understanding and have come out on the other side, I am coming back to strengthen my brothers [sisters] so that you may learn from my experience. Don’t trip, what seems so big, is nothing to God with infinite power, wisdom, and complete ownership of this world. Keep it Classy, God got you!
Let us pray!
Dear God, we first want to say thank you for the plan that you have for our lives. We know that your plan is for us to prosper just as the scripture says. For that, we put all of our trust in you and completely surrender to your will. Forgive us for the times we tried to do it on our own and for the times that our faith wavered. We ask that you continue strengthen us every day and help us to yield daily. Sanctify our emotions and help us to not lean on our own understandings but to trust that in the end you have already worked it out beyond what we can see. We thank you for every way you’ve made on our behalves. We love you.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
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