Thy Will Be Done….

​For as long as I can remember, my mother has always said, “God didn’t promise that all our days would be easy”.

I believe her.  

I know it’s true.  

I know all things will work together for my good in the end (Romans 8:28). 

What I don’t believe is that I always have to like what’s happening.  Some things are painful to go through. Some things don’t make sense.  It doesn’t mean I don’t trust God. It just means I’m human and it hurts! 

The other week, as I prayed to God for help in a particular situation, Thy Will Be Done by Hillary Scott came on the radio and all I could do was cry.

If you don’t know what else to say in a situation, just cry out from your heart, Thy Will Be Done!  

Which means, God this hurts. I’m confused. I don’t understand. It doesn’t make sense to me right now. It doesn’t feel fair.  BUT, I TRUST You enough to surrender to Your plan for my life in this situation. I TRUST You with the outcome.  

Be careful!  Don’t say it if you don’t mean it. His will may look completely different from your plan. 

His will may not be the job you want, because He has something better. His will may be for you to endure something temporarily for the long term gain you will get from it. His will may not be the spouse you want, because He knows the spouse you need along side you to fulfill your destiny.

Another beautiful way I’ve heard it explained is, “God’s will is exactly what we would choose if we knew what God knows (Nancy Leigh DeMoss). ” 

The words of this song comforted me on that day.  I pray they comfort you as well. Rest in Him and trust Him with the consequences of your obedience.

Thy Will Be Done ~Hillary Scott 

I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know you’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know you think
Of things I could never think about
It’s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that you’re God
And I am not
So

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will

I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store

I know you hear me
I know you see me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Good news you have in store

So, thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way on today!

~ Keishawna

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Why Settle for Good, When You Can Have Best!

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I recently heard a story that I believe may bless some of you.

On the day of the final exam, the professor gave every student the option of receiving a “C” on the exam without taking it. More than half the class accepted the “C” and left. The professor passed out the exam to those who remained. Before he allowed them to turn the exam over, he encouraged them and told them they would do great things in life. When the students turned the exam over, it had two sentences: Congratulations! You made an “A”!

What would you have done in that situation? What do you believe about yourself today? Do you belief you are worth a “C” because an “A” seems impossible, or out of your reach?

I challenge you to raise your expectations for what you will do. Raise your expectations for what you can have.

The students who settled for the “C” did get something good. However, the ones who knew they were worth more and believed in themselves, stayed and got best.

Do not allow the circumstances of life, your past, or even what you did this morning make you think that something is not possible for you.

Do not allow someone else’s opinion of you to become your reality. You are worth it! You can do it!

Please note, what is best for you and what is best for someone else may look completely different. Some of those students may have felt a “C” was best so they accepted it. The purpose here is to know what best is for YOU and pursue it!

No matter what, don’t settle for good when you can have best for your life!

Have a blessed day!

~ Keishawna

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Remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way on today!

Follow the Path That Leads to Your Peace

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Years ago while searching for my first home, I found what I felt was the perfect house. When the time came to put down money, I backed out. Why? I did not have any peace.

If you do not have peace about that relationship, job opportunity, marriage, purchase, move, divorce, or whatever decision you are about to make, DON’T DO IT! WAIT!

TRUST your instincts. TRUST what God is speaking to you about that situation. It may not make sense now, but TRUST that He knows what is best.

It was hard walking away from that house. However, a year later God led me to the home I would buy. Not one that seemed perfect, but the one that was perfect and hand-picked for me. Looking back now, I’m grateful I walked away from good, because I ended up with God’s best for me.

God loves you (yes, YOU)! That pause, or hesitation, you feel in your spirit may save you from heartache and disappointments. It may mean He has something better. Or, it may simply mean it is not time, yet!

WAIT on God! TRUST His timing and follow the path that leads to your peace!

Peace does not always mean an absence of fear. Sometimes on the path of peace you may feel afraid, or uncomfortable. I was afraid when I walked away from the first house, and was afraid when it came time to put down money on the house I would buy, but I had peace.

Peace comes in TRUSTing God no matter how we feel, or what we feel, because we know He is in control and He will take care of us.

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Have a blessed day and find the “jolly” in whatever “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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It’s Time to Focus on the Battle Within Me

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“Sometimes I need to focus on the battle God wants to win in me more than the battle I want Him to win for me”. ~Steven Furtick

Often times we want so badly for God to deal with a certain person, or situation, that we lose sight of the work He’s trying to do on the inside of us.

Sometimes the battle we really need to win has nothing to do with the other person, but has everything to do with us.

I challenge you to shift your focus this week. Instead of focusing on what needs to change in the other person, focus on what needs to change in you!

Have a blessed day!

~ Keishawna

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How To Maintain Peace When Dealing With Difficult People: Part One – Do All YOU Can Do

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 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

There have only been a few people in my lifetime, I felt I could do without. I quoted Romans 12:18 as my justification to not deal with them. I told the Lord, “you said IF it be possible, and with this person it’s just not possible“.

It wasn’t until today that I realized I skipped over, whether intentionally or unintentionally, a critical piece of that scripture – as much as lieth in YOU!

Another translation reads, Do all that YOU can to live in peace with everyone. Another version reads, If it is possible, as much as depends on YOU, live peaceably with all men.
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It’s A Matter of Trust!

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TRUST in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

When most people drive across a bridge, they do so without thinking about whether or not the bridge will support them. They just intuitively trust that it will.
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Life Is Like a Rollercoaster: Two Reasons You Should Not Worry

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Life is a roller coaster. You can either scream every time you hit a bump, or you can throw your hands up and enjoy the ride.
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In September, I screamed EVERY time I hit a bump. At the end of EVERY situation, I screamed for nothing because EVERY time it worked out.

God didn’t promise me my life would be trouble free. He did promise me two things.

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A Burden That Was a Blessing in Disguise

Blessings in Disguise

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”  Henri Matisse

At the end of last year, I committed to doing some contract work for a private adoption agency.  I quickly regretted it.  The contract requirements and duties often conflicted with my personal beliefs and values.
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When It Looks Like All Hope Is Lost

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But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) 

Even when it does not look like it, God is always up to something. We have to learn to trust His plan even when we do not understand.

The story of Joseph in the bible is a great example that nothing can stop the plan God has for your life. Joseph went from being a slave, to prisoner, to being second only to the King.

From slavery to his promotion was something called process! It is in the process that many of us become discouraged and quit.

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What to Remember When Waiting On Your Breakthrough!

Just when the butterfly thought

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

The caterpillar has to go through metamorphosis to become a butterfly. At times, the process is difficult and painful, but the outcome is beautiful.

It is through trials, tests, and tribulations that we grow. Anyone can give up. However, it takes faith, courage, and endurance to keep pressing, standing, fighting, and believing when you don’t understand.

Your breakthrough may be on the other side of your next yes, next no, next act of obedience, next leap of faith, etc. You cannot skip the process, but still want the promise.

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow!”  

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