Give Thanks

In all things give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and merciful. He provides for all our needs. He is the Author of our story, with a breathtaking ending written for us.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV

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The Master Is At Work

Have patience while the Master is at work. Masterpieces take time and you are one of God’s masterpieces. Don’t fall into the trap of frustration during the process. Stay in expectancy for the beauty that God is about to reveal in your life.

“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

Not Finished

Rejoice! God’s not even close to the end of His blessings for you. Blessings that you can’t even imagine are on the way. No eye has seen, nor ear has heard all that God has in stored for you. Things may look bleak today but joy is in the forecast for tomorrow.

“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 NIV

Unseen by Tammy Nicole Glover

One of the things that appealed to me about being a writer was the idea of not being seen. It’s not really the writer that get’s the attention, it’s the story. I don’t enjoy the spotlight. I’d much rather stay comfortably behind the scenes, in my little shell. However, the more I stepped out into the writing world, the more I realized I had to be seen. I had to promote my work and people like to know a little bit about the author of whatever story or article they’re reading. I get it, I really do but it’s uncomfortable for me.

Even after being on social media for a few years now, I still freak out with every new Facebook friend, Twitter and blog follower. I always feel too exposed and I worry if all my flaws and open wounds are sufficiently hidden. My prayers started to change from, “Lord, please take me higher,” to “Lord, please hide me.”

To my disappointment, the response I continue to get is, “you are the light of the world.” As if that wasn’t enough, I’m always led to the scripture, “in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NIV

Is there really no other way to glorify God than by others seeing Him inside of us? This is a huge problem for me because I have to admit that I don’t feel worthy to be seen. I haven’t completely healed from the wounds of my past and now everyone will know that I really don’t have it all together. The horror and shame of it all!

With every post or article I publish, I can hear a voice saying, “no one likes you. No one will ever want you. You’re ugly and worthless. Just give up now before you get your feelings hurt.”

That voice has taunted me and bullied me for as long as I can remember. I’ve allowed it to keep me from doing so much of what God has called me to do and it’s time for it to stop. Confronting that voice isn’t easy and it certainly doesn’t feel good but if I don’t, no one will ever get to see how God can heal and restore. There are too many people who are being beat down by that same voice. They need to know that even with all our faults and scars, He still has a plan for us. I have to allow my life serve as a testimony to that.  If God can use me to encourage others, He can certainly use others to do amazing things too. It’s not for my glory but for His that I have to be seen.

Through the Valley

Although the valley is dark and terrifying things keep jumping out at you, don’t stop walking through it. It’s not the time to become paralyzed with fear, nor is it the time to contemplate the fairness of your situation. When you are in the valley, you must keep your focus on God’s promises. As He directs your path give Him praise because on the other side He has an amazing blessing prepared just for you. Don’t allow the enemy to keep you from what God has planned for you. Go through and get your reward.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Psalm 23:4 NIV

Keep Praising

Don’t stop praising God, especially during a time of crisis. Late in the midnight hour, during your praise, chains will break, storms will be calmed and lives will be restored. God inhabits the praises of His people. Your praise is a precious commodity. It’s your most powerful weapon against fear.

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:25 NIV

Why We Cast Our Cares

God doesn’t command us to cast our cares on Him just so we won’t have to worry about them anymore. He commanded it because He has the solution to every problem. No situation is too big for Him to handle. Take comfort because He is our loving Father and He never refuses to help His children when they call.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV