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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Alternate Routes Are Sometimes Blessings

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Yesterday, on the way to an important meeting, I missed my exit. I was upset because my GPS previously indicated I would be ten minutes late. Now, I had to take an alternate route to get to my destination. I just knew I would now arrive even later.

After my initial whining and “why, God?”, I looked at my GPS and realized the alternate route put me on course to arrive ON TIME.
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Weekly Devotion: When You Don’t Know What To Do – Surrender

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Most of 2015, there was a specific thing my husband and I prayed for. We spoke it, and believed God would do it in 2016. Well, it happened, BUT it does not look anything like we imagined.

I think God has a sense of humor because He gave us what we wanted, or so we thought. We didn’t count the cost of what it would mean for this thing to happen. We didn’t think through what our life would look like if it happened.
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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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He Loves Me Anyway

But you love me anywayToday potentially could have ended in a bad way.

Although I did not like what happened, I had peace throughout the day because I know that no matter what, God loves me.

On days like this, I thank God that I am secure in His love for me.  I believe that someone needs a reminder that YOU ARE LOVED. Continue reading

The Heart of the Matter

What God Knows QuoteIn recent months, I have had a difficult time dealing with a certain person.

My inability, and lack of desire, to interact with this person began to cause an issue with a person I am at peace with.

Finally, after many harsh words spoken, a lot of confusion and tears, I had to realize that all this time this situation was never about the other person.

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Giving Thanks: A Lifestyle Not a Holiday

1 Thess 5_16-18Thanksgiving was a few days ago and I read so many messages from people sharing what they were thankful for.  I think it is sad though that Thanksgiving is the only time some stop to count their blessings.

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of life, careers, children, family, relationships, finances, etc that our vision becomes clouded and we can’t see the testimony in our test, the message in our mess, the blessing in our burdens, the sunshine in our struggles or the calm in our chaos.

I was guilty of this just Friday.  Fresh out of giving thanks the day before, I woke up complaining to my husband about a situation we were going to encounter over the weekend.

The situation had not yet happened, but I was already complaining.  I had already made up in my mind that the situation was a burden. Before I became too worked up and frustrated, I had to stop and challenge myself to see the blessing in the situation. Continue reading

Count Your Blessings, Not Your Problems!

GratefulThis morning I learned of a young man who made a post on a social media site and less than three hours later he was dead in a senseless act of violence.  I am certain when he made that post he had no idea he would be dead a few hours later.

That made think about how we can sometimes take life for granted.  We hold grudges, stop talking to people, and end relationships many times over something minor.  Is whatever you are upset or offended about worth you missing precious moments with someone you love?  Probably not!

Many times, hurting people hurt people.  That person who hurt you is probably hurting.  Maybe your act of love, forgiveness, phone call, apology or whatever will be the bridge to their healing.

Would you be devastated or have regrets, if you learned now that the person you are not communicating with had passed away?  If so, it is time to redirect the energy used ignoring, dodging, and not forgiving to forgiving, loving and healing.

It may sound cliché, but tomorrow really is not promised to any of us.  We sometimes think we have all the time in the world because of our age, but young people die every day.  Someone did just this morning.  Life and relationships are too precious to sweat the small stuff.  Count your blessings, not your problems!  Once you do, you may find you have more to be grateful for than thought.

I recently heard it said, “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?”  If that were the case, how much would you have when you woke up?

I would love to say I would have a lot, but I would be lying.  I sometimes take it for granted that I have a husband who loves me, a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, a healthy child, good health, two vehicles in good condition,  money to pay my bills, and so on.   Someone is praying for the blessings we take for granted.

Years ago, I started a gratitude journal and every day I had to write in it one thing I was grateful for.  Each day I would review what I wrote the previous days so I was always reminded what was going right in my life.  Maybe I need to go back to that.

I encourage you to stop right now and count your blessings.  If you want, comment below and share them with the world.  If you think you don’t have anything to count, you are alive and that in itself is a blessing and a gift.

Be encouraged and remember, “All things work together for good to them who love the Lord.”  Romans 8:28

If you liked this post, you may also like “Giving Thanks: A Lifestyle, Not a Holiday“,  “Count Your Blessings!”, “The Freedom in Forgiveness” and “Do It Afraid”

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~Keishawna

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