God is still good.
God is still good.
This has been a whirlwind experience for the last few weeks. Something we could relate to things we read in history classes or experiences our older family members have told us. Now its something that one day we will recount for ourselves. This is week 3 for me of being self-quarantined and yesterday I think my anxiety began to get the best of me. Then I was reminded as soon as woke up this morning that God is still good. No matter what the circumstances look like He is faithful and answers prayers. “From the big to the small He listens to them all” and He answers them in His own way.
The Power of Prayer
A little over a week ago, I received a message that a dear friend of mine was in a medically induced coma from complications from the COVID 19. I immediately began praying for this woman of worship to be spared and to use this for HIs glory. She sings praise and worship at our Church. My friend is the bubbliest, kind-hearted, transparent and cheerful woman. I look forward to her pinch and greeting every Sunday as she exits the stage from singing worship and praise. God is still good. Despite the intubation, COVID 19. My friend is well. My prayers were answered. I spoke to her today and she shared with me her call to share her testimony. God is still good.
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant. Psalm 35:27
I was an Unbeliever
For some, it may be hard to believe in God, or believe that He is still good when you are looking at your current circumstances. When you’re counting your blessings it’s a different vision. When you’re seeing that someone is working for your good on the things that you can’t control. That someone our God wants more for you than you can even imagine. For many years I intentionally did not know the Lord. I had no interest in hearing about Him and I lived life on my terms. Until I couldn’t run it on my own any longer. Through my circumstances, I turned to Jesus and I haven’t turned back. I’ve misstepped, fallen from grace way too many times but I know there is an unconditional Iove I get with Jesus.
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My Faith has changed me
Beats the conditions that people place on you daily. There is no grace for missteps, there is no forgiveness for falls from grace. The judgment that I thought God was placing on me was the torment that the world has shown me. I still have a hard time trusting people but I place all my trust in Jesus. Even if life doesn’t reflect what I want to see at the moment. Just like my weight loss journey I have been on both sides fat and fit. In my faith journey, I have traveled both rides unfaithful and faithful. And I can tell you that life without the hope in Jesus is a struggle and dark place. Every day our world is changing but I know it is my faith that believes this is all for my good. That we will come out better than we started and yep, God is still good.
Coping with Mental Health
I can’t imagine mentally where I would be if I didn’t have the peace and comfort I have in my faith. That I know despite what I see today that God is still good, He is always acting on my behalf and when this is all said and done His glory will be shown. My only hope that during this time of darkness, disparity, anxiety, and angst that I can be a Light leading to Him. So, I hope that this message comes to you to encourage you. Since my renewed faith I still have moments of worry but the more I pray the less I worry. Anxiety is worrying about things you can’t control and COVID-19 is uncontrollable. That is why it has led to daily changes in procedure, protocol, and our lifestyles. If everything keeps changing anxiety ensues. That’s why I think I find so much peace in my faith it remains, unwavering, and unchanging. Something foundational or solid to hold on during times of uncertainty.
Be Still and Catch Up
We have no idea what tomorrow brings but remember God is still good. If you do not know God. He doesn’t care who you are? What you’ve done? He already knows everything about you. Despite all that you see is wrong, regardless of our brokenness, wrongful deeds, awful thoughts. Jesus died for you even knowing that there will be some who will never accept Him. Now more than ever if you have no hope, maybe get to know Jesus a little more. If it’s been a while, like I was, He’s been waiting to catch up. If you always believed and followed now more than ever we need you, Sis, to pray for our world, pray for our leaders and pray for our lost.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuturonomy 31:6
How I am helping during COVID-19
We are called to be a Light when it’s dark. It’s time to rise up soldiers! I pray during this time that you be well and be still. During these times if you feel that you cannot help because you have to stay inside know that there is power in prayer. This is also a great time to work on our first ministries, our families. I’m going to be hanging with my peeps which I am blessed to enjoy their company. Let’s strengthen our bonds, hide the word in our children’s heart and restore the balance of work and play. Let’s love on one another, and cling to God for provision. We can come out of this stronger with God who gives us our strength.
Every day I am praying for this world I hope you will join me. Be well, be blessed and be safe. God is still good.
How are you doing? How can I pray for you?