The Beauty of Closed Doors By Tammy Nicole Glover

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

When a door is closed on an opportunity that we’ve spent a long time hoping for, the last thing we want to do is to give thanks and praise to God. We typically want to ask God why He isn’t making good on His promises to us. We feel rejected and hurt. After several closed doors, we start to feel like giving up. We start thinking that maybe our dreams just weren’t meant to come true.

Sometimes our feelings of disappointment can hinder us from seeing the blessings in front of us. When we have a dream in our heart, we can become so consumed with our own ideas of how and when things should happen. We forget that God’s plans are always bigger than what we can ever imagine. His line of sight goes far beyond ours, which allows Him to see troubles and obstacles down the road that we can’t see. He knows the pain we may experience when a door is closed may pale in comparison to the pain we would experience if He allowed us to walk through that door. A lot of those doors we wanted open would not only have set us back but could have taken us out entirely.

Another thing we tend to forget is that God’s timing never matches our own. We may think we’re ready but God knows we have more growing to do. The blessings He has in store for us usually require us to be more spiritually mature because they come with greater responsibilities and even greater battles. God’s plan is always for us to succeed. He doesn’t want to put us in a position that would cause us to fail. If we walk through some doors too soon, we may not be ready for the challenges that come along with them and we could decide to give up and walk away.

Never be ashamed of a closed door. Always give thanks to God because you know in your heart that God has your best interests in mind. If you come across a closed door, know that God has an even better door for you to walk through around the corner.

“‘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.'” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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A Reminder to My Future Self By Tammy Nicole Glover

“They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair on their heads singed, their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.” Daniel 3:27 NIV

Dear Future Self,

So, another problem popped up and threatens to overcome you. Don’t panic! You’ve been through this before. It may be a different problem that looks bigger but God has not grown smaller, nor has He changed. He is still the Lord God Almighty, who has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He is still the God who promised to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. Don’t forget His commandment for you to be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. He is with you. (Joshua 1:9)

My beloved future self, don’t doubt God’s love you. He has not removed His mighty hand from you. Surely, you can remember how He delivered you from the last crisis. He not only restored you but He placed you in an even better position than before. You were so blessed that you were able to help those around.

Dry your tears and be of good cheer, for Heavenly Father sees all and will answer your call. God is good, faithful and full of endless love and mercy. Now, is not the time to have a pity party. It’s time to praise God for your victory.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:2-3 NIV

Doing the Impossible by Tammy Nicole Glover

“With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a superhero. Superheroes are fearless, strong and have amazing super powers. They always know exactly what to do and what to say to save the day. Even when it seems as if their enemy has them beat, they never give up. They keep fighting until they have won the battle.

To be honest with you, I never really grew out of that superhero faze. Although, I don’t run around the house with a cape, I still wish I had super powers. When a crisis hits, I feel powerless until I remember the ultimate superhero, Jesus Christ. He not only risked His life for humanity, He actually sacrificed it. He has the power to heal, deliver, comfort and strengthen. What’s even better is that He freely shares His powers with us. There is no sickness, problem or demon in hell that can defeat us when we allow Christ to work through us. With Christ we have the ability to save the day. We can lay hands on the sick and they will be healed. We can cast down demons. We can forgive those who hurt us. We can love as God loves all through the power of Christ who is inside of us.

I may not be Wonder Woman or Supergirl but I am a child of God and that makes me more powerful than any superhero ever created. To God be the glory.

“I can do all this through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NIV

Well Done By Tammy Nicole Glover

Someone recently shared a beautiful story about what they witnessed at a young man’s funeral. I was given permission to share this story in the hopes that it would encourage others. Losing a loved one can be one of the most emotionally painful things we can experience. It’s especially painful when it’s someone who is young. However, even in the midst of our pain and sadness, God can turn our mourning into joy because He will use what the devil means for evil and turn it around for our good. This is exactly what happened at this funeral.

It was a young man, twenty-nine years old and he was a believer. He was also a musician and he used his gift to spread the love of God. He tragically passed away in an accident and left behind a young daughter but he also left behind a ministry that touched so many lives that he probably never realized. Just like everyone else, he had setbacks and fell down but he always got back up. He never stopped pressing toward the goal which God called him to. It wasn’t his failures that were remembered but how he got back up and allowed God to work in his life. As the pastor spoke  about how this young man lived his life, God moved and spoke to the hearts of the people in attendance. Although, they were celebrating the life of this young man, God got the glory. At the end, the pastor asked if there was anyone who wanted to give their lives to Jesus Christ and about forty people answered the call. People’s hands raised up as if reaching towards heaven for a Loving and Almighty God that is able to deliver, heal and comfort. A God who is willing to accept them where they are and use them to accomplish great things in this world.

Our lives minister to others whether we realize it or not. this story made me ask the question, what is my life ministering. If I were to leave this world today, would my life inspire anyone to give their life to Christ? Have I truly allowed people to see Christ work through me? The purpose of every believer is to bring as many people to Christ and the main way we do that is the way we live our lives. We should all strive to hear God say, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

FINDING YOUR WHY By Tammy Nicole Glover

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Someone recently told me that I should find out the “why” behind my goals and determine if that “why” is a strong enough motivation to follow through with them. This advice came at a time when I was feeling a bit lost and discouraged. I had been putting off a lot of things regarding my writing because things hadn’t been going the way I had hoped. I was starting to lose my passion and become weary. I kept thinking and praying about the advice given to me and I realized that I had lost sight of the “why” behind my writing.

My writing was never supposed to be just a fun hobby. It wasn’t a means to become rich and famous. It wasn’t supposed to be about me at all. Writing was supposed to be a way for me to bring encouragement to the broken-hearted. It was a way to let the lost know that God loves them and that they are never lost to Him. My writing was and always will be meant to glorify God.

I wonder how much farther along I would be if I had treated God’s calling for me with the same seriousness and passion as He does. How many people would I have helped by now if I was diligent in my obedience to Him? It’s not easy to admit when I have missed the mark but I had to do it in order for me to get back on track. Thank God for His mercy. We should never lose sight of our purpose. God has given us all so many gifts and talents. They’re not just for our benefit but for the benefit of others.

“Do not neglect your gift.” 1 Timothy 4:14 NIV

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

My neighbor isn’t the person that lives next door or down the street. My neighbor is every single person on this planet.  Yes, I am my brother’s and my sister’s keeper.

Yesterday, we celebrated the life of Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. He envisioned a world where children of all colors would be able to sit next to each other in love. Although, today segregation is illegal in our country, it feels as if our country and our world is more divided than ever. The world feels infested with hate. It breaks my heart to know that so many good people died in order for all people, no matter what color or gender, could live in peace and pursue happiness. Yet, instead of moving towards that goal, we are moving backwards. We as human beings were called to love one another. It doesn’t matter what the other person looks like, what they believe or even if they love us back. Loving thy neighbor isn’t always easy but it’s necessary in order for our world to not fall into chaos and destruction.

There is still hope among all of the darkness and it’s inside of each one of us. Maybe if we stop looking at love as just a feeling but as a decision to treat someone with kindness and compassion, we can take a step out of the darkness and into the light.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 NIV

Be the Blessing

Take a deep breath. Feel the air fill your lungs. That feeling means God still has plans for you. They are not plans to hurt but to give you hope, a future and to prosper you. Now exhale. Quitting is not an option. There is too much work for you to do and the air in your lungs is evidence of that. In honor of all of those who no longer have breath, be the blessing that they can’t be. The world needs you.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV