Sunday, March 27, 2011

Left or right? Up or down?

Firstly, I’d like to say a BIG SORRY to all my readers and followers! I’ve been slacking with my blog posts recently. This is due to a major shift in Christian Chickz management, however from today, I'm back on a roll :D My message this month is designed to impact and revolutionize! Hope you like it...

Have you ever sometimes wondered where you’re going to be in the next five years? Or who you’re going to marry or where you’re going to live? Planning for the future always seems so daunting, but it’s something we have to do if we want to get somewhere.

I’m currently in my second year at uni and at every waking moment, people constantly ask: “so what are you looking to do after your degree then?” At first, I was embarrassed because I never knew what to say, so I’d just politely smile and shrug my shoulders. But as time was passing, I realised that knowing where you’re going is fundamental in establishing who you are. So I thought to myself;’ right okay, where do I start?’ however, I quickly learnt that was the wrong way to go about it. A sense of direction doesn’t just come in one day; it requires time to tune in to your strengths and weakness in order to figure out what and where you’d like to be.

There are so many ways you can go about finding out what you want to do and how you to want to do it. Career advisors, CV workshops or even speaking to people in the field you’re interested in. However, sometimes we forget to ask GOD what his plan is for us! Christians tend to forget that we can’t do everything by ourselves, therefore we need to lean on the understanding of the Lord to guide us and help us in what we do. The Bible says in Proverbs 3: 5-6 that "In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success".
So whatever it is, you want to pursue, make sure you get that seal of approval from God so you can carry on; that way when you’re stuck, he will be sure to help you out in times of need.

It’s so easy sometimes to go down the route your parents want you to or to copy what your friends are doing..."I think I want to be a lawyer, no an accountant nah infact uni aint for me. I might aswell just work my way up in retail" But an important thing to bear in mind is what might be your friends portion, may not necessarily might be yours. Romans 12:12 says "Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you".

Including God in your plans, is like a bullet proof plan; no plan of the enemy can destroy it. Even when times seem tough or when you’re stuck.
Never feel like giving up, because God will never give up on you. It’s true trials and tribulations always seem like a nightmare but as Hebrews 12:11 teaches us that being punished isn’t enjoyable while it is happening -- it hurts! But afterwards we can see the result, a quiet growth in grace and character". And it’s with that character that you can use to build yourself up with and determine where and how you want your future to go. Trust me sometimes, I'll be doing an assignment and I'll feel like screaming!

Sometimes, I won't understand it or there's not enough time. But I just look unto God for my strength, because I know my purpose, I don't let it put me off.

Another thing I’ve learnt whilst at uni is the power of the tongue.

Growing up in church, I’ve heard that saying many times before but I never really understood its importance up until recently. If you really want something, then say it! Confess it with your mouth! The bible says in Proverbs 12:14 that “from the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things”. So if it’s your plan to get a placement next year; then say it.
This time next year, I will have a placement.
If you’re looking for a job, then say: “The next job interview will be successful and I’ll get the job”. Not only does this help you in believing in yourself but it means that you’re able to prophesy over your life. Obviously saying it with no conviction in the belief will get you nowhere, but the moment you say something with belief, it shall be so. If you don’t say it, you won’t see it. How can you have God’s spirit and fail?
For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed. Romans 10: 11

My mum always used to tell me; when you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get distracted. And it’s true, when you’re unsure of what to do, anything that comes along the way will be good enough for you! If you have a vision, write it down and work towards it. “And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns”. Philippians 1:6. Time that is not invested is wasted.

As young women, we feel pressures from various places to conform to stereotypical roles. Maybe university isn’t your path, and maybe travelling the world is. Whatever your path is, just align it with God’s one and you shall surely reap your blessings. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived the things God has prepared for the ones who love him”. Love God wholly and everything and will just fall into place.
And if you’re not quite sure what your plan is, then seek God. Talk to him. Ask him. In one way or another, he will surely show you his intentions for you. You're a beautiful woman of God who surely has a purpose in this life, once you find it, nobody will be able to stop you. Not even the devil!

I was inspired to write this post, after prayer and mediatation;but I got some of it from Bishop David who is head of the church I go to. We had a Youth Empowerment Service and I was note taking the whole way was truly amazing. He really impacted me, so I thought I'd change the message and make it relevant for Christian Chickz to use as a message.
I pray each and everyone of you were blessed by this...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, LEAVE A COMMENT. We'd love to hear what you have to say :)

May the grace of the Lord our God be with you.

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