Hope 4 2day

Your Daily Dose of Encouragement

— July 4, 2017

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

As we grow through life, we make mistakes and sometimes wish we could have a do-over.  Every now and again, we are given an opportunity to re-try a life lesson– which is almost like being given a clean slate. Although we may not always get the chance to start over in our experiences, we can rest assured on the fact that with God, we can start afresh! When we come to God, He is already aware of where we’ve messed up, and He is there to help us get it right this time, but with His help.

 

God is not turned off by us when we come to Him with our frustration from our mess ups. In that moment of despair, we think that we’ve reach the end of the rope because we keep messing things up no matter how hard we try. My dear sister, don’t let the enemy deceive you; that moment is when things finally begin. When we come to God and are washed under the blood of Jesus, we come to the realization that God is our hope and our refreshing wind. The new start begins from the inside out. Coming to God, we come to our place of refuge and strength. We realize that He is the one who carries us when we grow weary, when we are weak and worn and He is the one who sustains us through the winds of life. He is the solid foundation that we are built on after life has torn us down. We also realize that God is the one who gives us the strength to let go and try again.

It may seem frightening to move forward after you’ve fallen, but know that God is with you every step of the way. If you are facing a new life experience or even re-experiencing a life lesson, know that you are not alone nor are you the same person you were before. In Christ, your true identity is revealed; strong, confident, bold, and faithful. You are not what the enemy tried to tell you (fearful, anxious, concerned with what others have to say or think). In Christ, everything about you is new, so be confident in the fact that God has gone before you and that He currently walks beside you. Also stand in the fact that God is constantly working in you.

 

My prayer for today is that we are not afraid to come to God from wherever we are, and that we realize that He is able to give us a fresh start, a new beginning. I pray that we release the past experiences we’ve had in order to make room for the new things that God has before us. I pray that God helps us to remember daily that He walks with us and guides us through this life, and that He is able to still perform His promise in us because of the finished work on Calvary. I pray that God helps us to walk in the confident boldness of the Holy Ghost in everything we do. I also pray that God gives us a constant desire for the new life in Him instead of the things we’re used to in Jesus’ name!

 

There is nothing that is unseen before the Lord, so know that God sees you, my beloved, and that He is here to make you new again!

God bless you! ♥

God Chose YOU! — July 1, 2017

God Chose YOU!

 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

John 15:16

 

Wanna know something? God chose you! Yes, YOU! With all of your self-proclaimed flaws and imperfections, mishaps and mess-ups. God still chose you! When everyone else rejected you because you didn’t “fit in” with them, God hand picked you because you are just what He’s looking for. What was distasteful to others is what God delights in. God specializes in you because He is your creator. He knew that you’d do what you’ve done, go where you’ve gone and be who you are, but He STILL CHOSE YOU. He chooses you everyday! He has a plan to use you in ways that your mind cannot begin to comprehend and that your heart can’t even desire.

God has a habit of giving beauty for ashes and uses the misfit for His great manifestation! My dearest sister, God thinks you are to DIE for…literally! He gave His life so that you can be able to have fellowship with Him. Today is the day to rejoice in who you are because who you are is what caught God’s attention. Yes, He responded to your need for His help and change, but I believe that God also was drawn to you because He’ll be able to do a work in your life that will declare His glory to the world!

My prayer for today is that God helps us to embrace who we are at this present time, but that we also are open to God molding us into who He has destined to be. I pray that God silences the voice of the enemy in your ear telling you of what you aren’t, and that the love of God resonates within you to replace every ungodly belief of yourself. I pray that God gives us the confidence and boldness to walk into what God has called us to by the power of the Holy Ghost!

 

Remember that you are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE by the almighty hand of God!

 

I love you, but God loves you best! ♥

God bless you, beloved! ♥

Let Go of the Dysfunction — June 29, 2017

Let Go of the Dysfunction

“And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.”

Mark 5:15

 

The message that was preached this past Sunday talked about how a man who had many demons was made whole again in the presence of Jesus. This passage points out how this man was wild and could not be tamed by any man and that he cut himself with stones. It doesn’t say how long this man was possessed and lived like this, but one thing that can be understood is that those around him grew comfortable with him being that way, so much so that they were afraid when they saw him clothed and in his right mind. The preacher said something in the message that stuck with me: “sometimes you’re so used to the abnormal that the normal makes you afraid”. That statement  made me think of how true that is for us as people.

We see someone/something in a certain state for so long that it becomes normal for us. Though the circumstances are different, we can still identify with those individuals because we eventually grow comfortable to that situation or individual being that way, because “that’s how its been”. Then when the circumstance changes for the better by the hand of God, we get skeptical and start to freak out. We freak out so much because we forgot what life was like without the overwhelming stress, headache, and frustration, to the point that we begin to miss it. Why? Because we became comfortable with the dysfunction in our lives.

Beloved, we must remember that it is not God’s will for us to live in chaos or to have a life rooted in fear, stress, anxiety or poor relationships. The bible tells us that we are wished to be “prosperous and be in health even as thy soul prospereth”( 3 John 2) and that Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly( John 10:10).

 

I know it may be scary to let go of what you’ve always known, what’s safe, what’s comfortable, but we have to let go in order to receive. We won’t ever be able to receive better from God if we are still holding on to old things.  Growth will never happen in us and around us if we are still weighed down by the dysfunctional things we love. If you feel that you can’t let it go, ask God to help you and to give you the strength that’s needed to lay it at His feet and leave it there. God wants us to continue to grow in Him and not be stagnant or comfortable where we are. We must stretch our faith to reach what God has for us.

I pray that God helps us to recognize those things that are dysfunctional in our lives, including where they come from. I pray that God begins a work in our hearts by stirring up a desire for only those things that will lead us and establish us in His Kingdom, His truth, and in His righteousness. I also pray that God helps us to remember that He is our present help in our time of trouble, that He is our rescue and our way of escape. Let God change your desire from dysfunction to destiny! Be encouraged to know that things are going to change! ♥

 

God bless you! ♥

Seeking Wisdom — June 18, 2017

Seeking Wisdom

“Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked…but Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.”

1 Kings 12:6,8

What good is it for us to ask for wisdom then not use it? That’s what we sometimes do: we ask God for His wisdom, how He would direct us and what He says is the best thing to do, but don’t use that wisdom. We think that God’s way is wrong when it doesn’t align with what we want Him to tell us. We even consult with our friends and family more than we consult God. However, we must remember that God is Almighty and He knows ALL things, and we must trust Him in all things. We must believe that God knows what’s best for us, and will give us the guidance that we need to move forward in the direction that will lead to His will.

Although we may feel more comfort in asking guidance from those who are on the same level as we are, they can’t help us beyond a certain point because they, too, have limited understanding and perspective. We must understand that God will use people to get us what we need when we need it, so we must have an open and receptive heart to the insight that God gives us about our current circumstance or a future one. Whatever the wisdom, trust God will have the best answer for you. I pray that God helps us to trust His wisdom and walk in faith instead of fear.

God will always take care of you ♥

 

God bless you, and know that I am praying with you! ♥

Wait on God — June 16, 2017

Wait on God

 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

Psalm 27:14

 

I’ve heard people say many times that we live in a microwave society, meaning we want what we want now, and we don’t want to wait for it.  I’m sure many people can agree with this. When we demand to have what we want when we want it, we don’t usually look at the consequences; all we are concerned with is our desire satisfied in that moment. God sees the consequences of giving us what we desire prematurely. When we don’t get what we ask for when we ask for it, we get frustrated, angry and discouraged. However, we must realize that God may have withheld that desire from us to protect us instead of harming us. His love protects us from ourselves when He sees that what we desire is detrimental to us and our walk with Him.

As our heavenly Father, He knows what we need and is aware of what we ask Him for, but He gives us all things in His timing. We can’t see what God sees nor do we know what God knows. When He doesn’t give us what we ask for right away, we must stand in faith knowing that He still has our best interest in mind. Yes, it is difficult, but the wait is worth it.

I believe that God wants us to challenge our faith in Him during our time of waiting by trusting Him more. We may grow tired of waiting, but the bible says for us not to be weary in well doing because we will reap in due season if we faint not( Galatians 6:9). My beloved sister, I pray that God stretches your faith to trust in Him for His best, and for Him to give you strength in your wait. I pray that He causes you to be rooted and grounded in Him as a tree of righteousness as you wait for His plan to unfold in your life.  I also pray that God allows you to see His everlasting love in withholding what you asked for just as much as you see His love in answering your requests.  When you grow weak, that is when God is strong, and His grace will carry you through. Don’t let the enemy make you believe otherwise. Know that you are loved by the Most High God! Let God be your strength today and each day as you wait on Him ♥

 

You are God’s Choice — June 14, 2017

You are God’s Choice

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen         you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”- John 15:16 
When we have an insecurity, we either cover it up with excessive confidence, hide it, or seek validity in someone/something. I believe that when God said this to me this morning, He was reaffirming who I am. God wants us to know that all that we are has been before Him and He is STILL choosing to love us, help us, and to use us. His viewpoint is different from ours. He sees what we can’t see, and He knows more than we will ever know. However, He still CHOOSES to love us. The love God has for us is incomparable. It should never be compared to the love we receive from another person because their love is limited. Even when people or jobs don’t choose you, I pray that you take pleasure and find comfort in knowing that you were chosen by God. Not just chosen, but you were hand picked and called by your name! That tells us that all along, God knew where we were, even in those dark times of our lives. God’s love sheds an everlasting light into our hearts, situations and lives. When God is in it, all things are seen. So what you couldn’t see before is now clearer than ever and what you didn’t know is now revealed to you through the Spirit of Christ. I pray that you always remember that you are God’s choice, His most prized possession and His greatest pleasure. I pray that you are open to receive God’s perception of you, and that you let go of the misconception of you. 
Take pleasure in knowing that God chose YOU today, and He chooses you EVERYDAY!❤️

Expectations exceeded! — June 13, 2017

Expectations exceeded!

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

Ephesians 3:20

Many times in life we expect things to happen by a certain time — usually our own. When those things do not happen when we want them to or when we feel they should, we get discouraged and our faith waivers. We sit and wonder if God really heard us, and sometimes we even dare to wonder if God really cares about us. The answer to that is YES, He DOES hear us and He DOES care, which is why He doesn’t always do things in our timing. God sees the bigger picture and He works to cause all things to work together for the good of all involved. So even though it may seem like it isn’t going to get better, it will! With God, all things get better. God has better for you, sis!

Don’t be discouraged by what didn’t happen in the time you thought it would. Yes, you were praying, fasting and believing God to move in your favor.. but guess what? He did! He heard your prayers, counted your tears and saw your faith! Trust that it is NOT going unnoticed, despite how it may seem. Though He saw you, He also saw that you would have been settling if He allowed you to have that, and He doesn’t want that for you. He does not want you to settle. He wants so much for you, which will always be His best.

God does nothing short of spectacular, so when He blesses you, it’ll be beyond what you expect! Not only will it be what you asked for, it will also be what you need. When God does that thing in your life, it’ll push you toward your destiny instead of pulling you away.Trust God  with your heart and your wildest faith. It is NOT going unnoticed, despite how it may feel. I pray that God secures your faith in Him by reassuring you of His faithfulness and commitment to you. I also pray that we give God the room to fully operate His will in our lives according to His timing, and not our own.

I believe God is not only preparing the blessing for you, but He is also preparing you for the blessing. When you get to it, you’ll see why there was a wait♥

What’s Coming is Better than What’s Been!

God bless you, my sister!

Being Broken — June 10, 2017

Being Broken

“For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Psalm 51:16,17

 

I recently heard a preacher say ,” whatever we put on our altar of sacrifice to God, He accepts because it was placed there in faith”. When we follow Christ, we stumble and sometimes even fall along the way. Many of us try to quickly cover up the fall instead of admitting when we are wrong because we don’t want anyone to look at us differently or to accept the fact that we messed up. The bible says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins(1 John 1:9).

I believe that God wants us to remember that He knows that we will fall at times in our walk with Him.We won’t always get it right or have it all together all of the time. If we always had it right, then there would be no need for God. Sister, you won’t be perfect in this walk with Christ, but the blessing and great beauty is that He is.

Something that we often overlook after we fall is that when we fall, we are in the perfect position to lay those failures at the Master’s feet — and leave them there. He knows that we have broken pieces from previous years, months or even days,  but He stands with open arms ready to receive us still.  He wants you to come to Him with your silent tears or loud screams.  He wants you to come to Him  with your frustration and anger. He wants you to come to Him even with your desperation. He welcomes you to come in whatever way you can so that He can comfort you and bind together with His love all those things that you felt were useless.  If you are weak in an area, know that God is strength for you. If you are lacking hope, He is the Hope of Glory that does not make you ashamed. If you are feeling condemned because of past decisions, know that He is your justification and righteousness!

When we are broken, we are able to let God be seen from within us, and we allow God’s grace to be our strength. I pray that God helps us to not be ashamed of our brokenness, but to come before Him with boldness and with every broken piece so that He may heal and restore us in His strength and virtue. You are beloved in the sight of God, even in your brokenness!

 

 

Welcome! — June 9, 2017

Welcome!

Hi there! Thanks for visiting Hope 4 2day encouragement blog site! This blog was created to encourage my fellow sisters in Christ as they continue their walk with God. No matter who we are, where we are in God or the trials that we face, we all can use an encouragement along the way. I believe that God is using me to share that encouragement with you. 

 I believe God lead a friend of mine to ask me about starting a blog, something that I never thought of, but instantly became curious about.  After seeking God for new ways to serve Him and to be used by Him, I began praying about what she mentioned to me. I continued to talk to God about it and did some casual research to see what a blog was and how to begin one. To my surprise, blogging was something that I’d already begun, to a certain degree. The only difference between what I was doing and having an official blog was the means in which I shared my thoughts and words of encouragement.

In 2015, one of my good friends from college gave me a new bible for my birthday, which happened to be a 3-in-1 devotion bible. I began reading the devotion, wisdom literature and also followed along with the daily reading plan that was included within the bible. I remember reading my devotion one evening in my dorm, putting it on the table after I finished reading it. One of my roommates –now one of my best friends– saw it, picked it up and asked about it. I explained to her how it was designed, and how much I enjoyed it. She skimmed and scanned through it, asking if she could read it sometime.

   I shared one of the daily devotions with her at a later point because it was so encouraging to me, and it gave me hope for my circumstances. That day’s devotion was so powerful to me that I wanted her to know about it! We began talking about different things and how that devotion was actually relevant for the both of us. That was a ministering moment for the both of us because in sharing our different perspectives of what the Word said, we were able to gain hope and strength from the Word and each other. From that day forward, she and I began reading the daily chapters together at some point during the day. As we became busier throughout the semester, it was more difficult for us to follow the reading plan together. I texted her one morning to see if she had a chance to read the devotion for the day, to which she replied that she hadn’t since she was running late. I snapped a picture of the devotion and the wisdom literature for that day, and sent it to her so she’d have it to read when she had the time.

From there, I began sharing my daily devotions with another young lady who I met through my roommate. As I would prepare to send the devotion to those two ladies, God would put various women on my mind to share the devotion with. Not knowing the reason, I just did it out of obedience to what I felt God leading me to do. Since then, I began sending the daily devotion to about 12 women that God would put on my mind to share the encouragement with. In sharing, I would share why I was thankful for what was said for that day and how it encouraged or helped in my walk with God. Every devotion I read gives me new perspective and new hope in my personal walk with God, and I wanted to share that hope with those ladies as they grow in the Lord as well.

As I continued to do research, I was so overwhelmed and amazed at God. God would bring different things to mind that happened that I believed God used in various ways to prepare me for what was coming.  It’s amazing how we don’t recognize what God is doing until He shifts us closer to what He was preparing us for.

A friend of mine shared something with me, and I am constantly reminded of what they said : “Despise not the days of small beginnings”. I would have never thought anything about sharing my devotional with a close friend as becoming more than that. I simply wanted to encourage her as she continued to grow in God, just as someone did for me. The plan of God is definitely unexpected, but so worth it! As we continue to walk with God, we learn to trust Him more and more, depending more on His guidance and less on our understanding. My prayer for this devotion is that God speaks to the hearts of His children and provides them with strength to continue to pursue Him in all things. My desire is that God is seen and His love is felt through each post of encouragement. To the person that reads this ,  know that God sees you. He knows where you are, and He knows you by your name. He delights in you and wants you to become all that He destined you to be. I pray that you receive the love of God freely to grow in His grace daily. God always knows how to get us what we need when we need it. Hope 4 2day is encouragement that’s here for you, whenever you need it.

God bless you!