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Walking Away Can Be A Good Thing

“…Look around. Isn’t there plenty of land out there? Let’s separate. If you go left, I’ll go right; if you go right, I’ll go left.” Genesis 13:8-9 (MSG)

Have you ever had to give up something you loved? Something you felt entitled to? Something familiar and comfortable?

It’s one of the hardest decisions to make.

It’s especially hard when you see no new prospects on the horizon or when you don’t have a backup plan.

That’s exactly what Abraham (Abram) was forced to do when things reached a breaking point between him and his nephew, Lot.

Abraham and Lot were both flourishing in life, so much so things started to get uncomfortable between them. For the sake of peace, Abraham decided it was time for him and Lot to separate.

“…Look around. Isn’t there plenty of land out there? Let’s separate. If you go left, I’ll go right; if you go right, I’ll go left.” Genesis 13:8-9 (MSG)

Technically, the inheritance belonged to Abraham.

But in great humility, he allowed Lot to have the first choice. And Lot took full advantage of the offer, choosing the portion of land that seemed like the best option.

At first glance, it looked like Lot got the better end of the deal. But as the story unfolded God stepped in with a plot twist of epic proportion.

After Lot leaves, God revealed a new plan to bless Abraham with more land and more descendants than he could count.

My sweet friend, did you catch that?

AFTER!  Not while Lot was still in the picture. Or while Abraham was sorting out how to handle the situation. But after he moved on by faith.

There is so much we can learn from Abraham’s story but in moments when I sense God pushing me to walk away or let something go, my heart clings most to these two truths:

1. God’s blessings are never connected to anything or anyone that’s leaving. 

So many times, God wants to bless us with something new but we get stuck, lamenting over what was or what could have been.

But not Abraham. He didn’t waste any time in starting over; he didn’t beat himself up reminiscing on how good things were when Lot was around.

He instead allowed God to redirect his focus to something new, something greater, something divine.

That’s how we should live our lives as well, knowing what God has for us will come to pass, even if we are left standing alone in the unfamiliar.

2. Every thing God does is for a good reason. 

Abraham didn’t know what was next for him, yet not once did he hesitate in his decision to separate from Lot. That’s because he trusted his God completely.

Abraham knew the same God who was with him when he left his home country and all his family would be the same God with him in the new land.

And he was right! Out of a lousy situation came one of his greatest blessings.

You see, every thing God does is for a good reason. It may not start out good, but it always end good. It’s His promise to every one who trusts in Him.

Oh, how I pray we all have the faith to trust our God like Abraham.

Without borders. Without limitations. Without hesitation.

 

 

The Ultimate Wedding Season Survival Guide

Here comes…the…

Status updates. With her new last name. And those cute custom hashtags dedicated to the newlyweds.

And who can forget the pictures, showcasing her new manicure color and of course, her sparkly new ring.

Yup, here comes wedding season 2017!

For some of us single gals, it can be discouraging scrolling down social media lane during the summer and early Fall months. It’s during this time when weddings and engagements seem to be the only stories featured on our timelines.

A Special Prayer for Mother’s Day

I know today will be a busy day for many of you. It’s going to be a busy day for me as well.

But before we get lost in opening gifts, exchanging celebratory hugs, and sending off those sparkly group text messages, can we just slip away for a few moments of quiet…just the two of us?

Like so many moments in life, Mother’s Day can be bittersweet.

For some women, it is a blissful day of pampering from her family. For another, it can be a painful reminder of an indescribable loss. And for another, it’s a day where their seemingly deferred dreams come crashing head first into their present realities.

Yes, Mother’s Day can be all these things and so much.

The truth is life doesn’t always come wrapped in a pretty package of perfect.

One Word that Changed Mother’s Day For Me

Written by Tanisha Shanee exclusively for This Is Her Journey

May: The month where April showers blossoms May flowers. The month for new beginnings. And also the month where children celebrate their mothers.

For the last six years, this month has taken on a whole new meaning. What is supposed to be an exciting and wonderful season has turned into a very emotional time for me.

Why is Mother’s Day so emotional for me?

Well, I do have my mother with me, I thank the Lord, Jesus Christ for that. She is a beautiful, strong woman who gave birth to two beautiful women.

But, for some women like me, even though we have our mothers in our lives, we still feel pain on this day because of one word: MISCARRIAGE.

Is God Listening?

“But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.” Psalm 66:19-20
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Ever wonder if God is listening to your prayers? Me too!

Even though I grew up in a Christian home and have been in church for most of my life, there are times when I struggle with doubt:

Is God listening to me?

Will this prayer make a difference?

Does it make sense to pray about this situation?

Will this prayer work coming from me…or should I ask someone more spiritually strong to pray for me, this way God will answer?

But recently I’ve been experiencing God’s answers in the strangest way.