It’s Okay To NOT Be Okay…

 It’s okay to not be okay. There’s this misconception that because you’re saved & now know the Lord, everything is ALWAYS going to be okay, all the time.. There won’t be any pain, any struggle, any tragedy, or any trial. We’re often programmed to present this mask of perfection and so we look around at all of the other “happy” people & feel like we must be doing something wrong. Everyone just seems so “blessed & highly favored” meanwhile your life seems to be cursed & a total mess. 

Yes, life can get messy. We can get messy. When it boils down to it, we’re all these “messy”, unstable, humans with a whole bunch of issues called sin. Than to top it all off, we’re often faced with life situations that just seem to add a whole other pile to our all ready “mess”.. 

But the “mess” is what makes the beauty of our Savior, Christ Jesus, shine so bright.. The fact that you don’t have to have it all figured out.. The fact that you don’t have to know all the answers.. The fact that you don’t have to have a plan A through F. You can trust the Lord. You can rest. You don’t have to perform for God to be accepted by Him. Believe that He is who He says He is & therefore He will do what He says He will do because of who He is.. 

You dealing with some stuff? That’s alright. You and the other 5 billion people on this planet. God sees. He never promised to keep us away from storms & trouble. He promised that He will walk with us through them. You are not alone.
Love yall..

-xo

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Learn How To Fight…

brooklyn-street-art-joe-iurato-muhammad-ali-evolve-gallery-webI wish I could say how amazing and awesome this season of life feels and looks, but I would be lying. Yes, I know one day, I’ll be grateful for everything I’m going through because it would of have molded my character, made me more Christlike, and prepared me for my purpose…

Truthfully speaking, the process is painful. When the devil attacks, he goes IN. It hurts. You don’t know whether to laugh or to break down and cry. Back to back you keep getting tested and things are CONSISTENTLY falling apart. Your mind seems to be bombarded by the  voice of demons and the voice of your own hurt who tell you to quit and just give up. It’s the voice that makes you question whether or not God lied when He said in His word that He will never leave nor forsake you. It’s the voice that makes you even question Gods love for you..

I know because I’ve been there. I am there. But it’s in those moments where God, my Father has taught me how to fight. It’s in those moments where God has taught me to STAND on His shoulders when I’m tempted to just climb down, lay down and allow the devil to just have his way. It’s in those moments where I learned how to be a soldier and not just a spectator…

This is a guarantee: You WILL get tested. You will face trial, tribulation and suffering as a Christian. It is a PROMISE

1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

Don’t be surprised. Suffering is A PART of this walk. As humans, we HATE suffering (I know I do) , but if we are to conform to Christ, its gonna take some struggle and it’s gonna hurt. This is where “cute christianity” goes out the window and we learn how to truly go to war for our faith. This is where mere sunday services and only praying before meals doesn’t cut it anymore… (and honestly, it never did)

The truth is, you’re going to have great days when your faith is through the roof., when even in the midst of your suffering, you still FEEL awesome. But you may also have days when your faith is hanging by a thread. It’s the ongoing war between what we know to be true through the word of God and how we feel through our emotions…

Suffering trained me to be a prayer warrior. On the days when I wanted to quit and just let satan have his way, prayer was the only weapon that kept me from losing the war. Whatever you do, don’t quit. You’re being sharpened. Your prayer life is being sharpened. You don’t roll over and just lay there. You fight. You pray. You read the word even when you don’t feel like it and it seems to be pointless. Now is the time to skip out on some outings, just to stay home and sit before God. Now is the time to put away every weight and distraction and cling to your faith like never before. Now is the time to learn what it means to be a solider for Christ and not just a spectator that attends church every once in awhile. Now is the time to partake in the same sufferings as our savior, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross DISREGARDING it’s shame and who is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God…

Take heart. You are not alone. Your emotions are not god. He is faithful despite what you’re going through. Keep fighting by standing on the shoulders of God and keep in mind that this season will not last forever. For us Christians, there is hope and there is eternity with God to look forward to, when we realize that every single thing we ever went through on this earth was more than worth it…

Love y’all! xox